April 25, 2022 – Alpine Fresh is recalling bags of green beans sold at national chains due to a possible risk of listeria contamination, according to the FDA.
The one-pound bags of green beans, marketed under the “Hippie Organics” label, were sold at Aldi, Lidl and Whole Foods. The affected clear plastic bags bear the lot number “313-626” on the back on a small white label.
“No illnesses have been reported to date related to this issue,” the recall notice states. “The issue turned out to be isolated to the identified batch and the company has taken corrective action to prevent it from happening again.”
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found Listeria monocytogenes in lot no. 313-626. The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.
In healthy people, listeria infection can cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. But infections in pregnant women can potentially cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the recall notice.
Listeria contamination can sometimes be found in packaged vegetables, according to United Press International. Earlier this year, the CDC investigated an outbreak involving Dole-brand packaged salads, which was linked to two deaths and 17 illnesses.
The recalled “Hippie Organics 1lb French Beans” were distributed to Aldi (Florida), Lidl (Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia) and Whole Foods (Connecticut , Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland).
If you purchased the green beans, you may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, according to the recall notice. Consumers with questions can also contact Alpine Fresh at 866-827-3362.