Our Table Co-Op Recalls Frozen Blueberries After Testing Reveals Listeria

Our table cooperative from Sherwood, OR, recalls frozen blueberries because tests have shown Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Bacteria can easily survive freezing temperatures.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the product contained Listeria monocytogenes.

There are concerns that consumers may have the product at home due to the long shelf life of frozen berries.

The recalled product was distributed in Oregon to the following locations from March 12 through March 29.

  • Alberta Cooperative Grocery
  • food front
  • Green Zebra Grocery
  • Helvetia Farmer’s Market
  • Our Cooperative Table
  • People’s Food Cooperative
  • Canopy and undergrowth
  • milk glass market
  • Shine Distillery
  • Swedish

Product ships in bulk crates, 2.5 pound or 5 pound plastic bags.

At the time of posting of this reminder, no cases of illness had been reported.

Consumers who purchased the affected product are urged to destroy or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

About Listeria Infections
Foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell tainted, but can still cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Anyone who has consumed a recalled product and develops symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their physician of possible exposure to Listeria.

Additionally, anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products should monitor their symptoms over the next few weeks, as it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle pain, severe headache, and stiff neck. Specific laboratory tests are needed to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people like cancer patients with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk for serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women have only mild flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, newborn infection, or even stillbirth.

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Virginia S. Braud