January 19th, 2021 Butternut Squash Recall

A picture of the seeds being scooped out of a squash.

On January 19th, 2021 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall involving Lancaster Foods. The company is recalling many of their processed squash items because they are potentially contaminated with Listeria. For a full list of products being recalled and their expiration dates, please click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause an infection called Listeriosis. The most common symptoms of listeriosis include fever, chills, nausea, and diarrhea, although the infection can become more serious in pregnant women, young children, and elderly citizens. These symptoms can either occur within a couple of days or up to a month from when the contaminated food was consumed. The most common way to become infected by Listeria is be consuming contaminated deli meat or dairy products. Listeria can also survive freezing and refrigeration.

There are currently no illnesses being reported. The recalled items were distributed in retail stores in NC, VA, DC, MD, PN, NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH, and VT. Lancaster Foods have temporarily stopped all production of their butternut squash items. If a consumer has purchased this item, they are urged to return the item for a full refund.

For more information go to: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/lancaster-foods-recalls-all-conventional-butternut-squash-items-were-processed-between-dates-122220

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