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Packaged veggies at Charlotte-area stores recalled over listeria concerns

Bell peppers. Credit: Getty Images/Thinkstock
Bell peppers. Credit: Getty Images/Thinkstock Getty Images

A brand called Country Fresh is recalling 30,000 cases of various packaged vegetables over concerns of listeria contamination. The recall affects a number of Charlotte-area retailers, including Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Publix, QuikTrip and Wal-Mart.

The product bears “Best if used by” dates between Aug. 7, 2016 through Aug. 19, 2016, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration. They were wrapped in either a clear plastic container, or in Styrofoam trays overlapped with clear plastic film.

Country Fresh, based in Houston, has ended distribution of the affected products as the investigation with the FDA continues. No illnesses have been confirmed by public health authorities, the FDA said.

Some of the products from the various area retailers include diced green peppers, yellow onions, veggie kabobs, pico de gallo and fajita mix.

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.

“We are treating this incident very seriously because we want to ensure that our customers are provided with only the safest, most wholesome, and high-quality products available,” said Max Payen, Country Fresh’s director of food safety.

Representatives from Harris Teeter, Publix and Bi-Lo said the grocers no longer sell the affected products. The other grocers could not be reached for a comment.

Earlier this year, the Harris Teeter and Publix both issued separate voluntary recalls over potential listeria contamination.