Listeria Alert: Green Cuisine Recalls Contaminated Pasta Salad

The product was sold at Whole Foods stores recently.

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The FDA announced on Saturday that "Green Cuisine is initiating a voluntary recall of 'Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula' because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes." 

The recalled product was sold at Whole Foods locations in South Carolina, Nevada and Arizona on June 15 and 16. It was stocked in clear plastic containers with the name "Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad W/ Arugula," a UPC code of 857898004333 and an expiration date of 6/20/2016.

According to the FDA, the peas used in the salad, provided by National Frozen Foods, are the possible culprit for the recall. The peas in question were also used in a host of frozen vegetable products under the brands Great Value, Bountiful Harvest, First Street, Live Smart, Market Pantry and Sprouts Farmers Market—check out the full list here.

Listeria can cause listeriosis, an illness that poses significant dangers to infants, elderly people, those with compromised immune systems and—as you probably know—pregnant women. Pregnant women are 20 percent more likely to develop listeriosis after listeria exposure than others. Symptoms of the illness include headaches, nausea, vomiting and chills. The illness can be fatal. 

If you think you may have picked up any of the recalled items, dispose of or return them immediately. And if you think you may have consumed a recalled product, consult with your physician immediately. 

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