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Trader Joe’s expands voluntary recall amid Listeria scare

Trader Joe’s has expanded its voluntary food recall to include two types of fried rice that could contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Ingredients in the rice products include frozen vegetables that were recalled by CRF Frozen Foods last week.

The latest recall affects all lot and date numbers of Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice with the SKU number 00521482 and Trader Joe’s Chicken Fried Rice with the SKU number 00332514.

No illnesses have been reported. The food has been removed from shelves.

The Washington-based CRF previously issued a recall of more than 350 types of its packaged frozen fruits and vegetables. That included several items sold under the Trader Joe’s brand, including Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers, Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers, Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn, Organic Peas, Petite Peas, Organic Whole Green Beans, Organic Broccoli Florettes and Organic Foursome.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness or death in young, frail or elderly people, or those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Listeriosis include headaches, nausea, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth.

Customers should discard the recalled product or return it to the store for a full refund. For more information, call the FDA’s Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-881-3989 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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