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Publix issues voluntary recall over possible listeria contamination

The Publix store in South End that opened in April 2015.
The Publix store in South End that opened in April 2015. The Charlotte Observer

Publix has issued a voluntary recall for a cranberry nut and seed mix over potential listeria contamination. The Florida-based company is part of the wave of U.S. grocers affected by a massive recall involving the potentially deadly bacteria.

There have been no reported illnesses, Publix said in a statement. The grocer said the recall was issued after it received notice of the potential contamination from the walnut supplier, Woodstock Farms.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Publix, which opened its first North Carolina store in Ballantyne in 2014, said the recall affects 7.05-ounce plastic containers of cranberry nut and seed mix in produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina with the UPC 41415-34986 and with use by dates August 7, 2016 through August 30, 2016.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director.

Last week, Publix also issued a voluntary recall of a wheatberry salad available in plastic containers in its delis over listeria concerns. Also last week, Matthews-based Harris Teeter announced a voluntary recall of its store-brand frozen organic corn and frozen mixed vegetables over potential listeria contamination. Staff writer Deon Roberts contributed.