April 25, 2022 – Alpine Fresh is recalling mung bean bags sold at chain stores nationwide due to a possible risk of Listeria contamination, according to the FDA.
1-pound bags of green beans are sold under the “Hippie Organics” label at Aldi, Lidl and Whole Foods. The affected clear plastic bag has a small white label on the back with the lot number “313-626”.
“To date, no illness has been reported in connection with this issue,” the recall notice said. “The issue has been found to be associated with an identified batch and the company has taken corrective action to prevent a recurrence.”
After routine testing found Listeria monocytogenes
Potential for contamination noted
em>Lot 313-626. The bacteria can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.
In healthy people, Listeria infection can cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. But infections in pregnant women could lead to miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the recall notice.
According to Associated Press International, Listeria contamination is sometimes found in packaged vegetables. Earlier this year, the CDC investigated an outbreak involving packaged Dole-branded salads that was linked to two deaths and 17 illnesses.
The recalled “Hippie Organics 1lbs French Beans” are distributed in Aldi (Florida), Lidl (Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Cheap Jersey Wholesale, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia) and Whole Foods (Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland).
If you bought mung beans, according to the recall notice, you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can also contact Alpine Fresh at 866-827-3362.