Trader Joe's announced on Monday a voluntary recall of a number of its products that may have been contaminated with listeria. Thirty-one states have been affected by the recall with South Carolina being one of them.
Listerisos, a infection caused by food contaminated with the germ Listeria monocytogenes, cause an estimated 1,600 illnesses in the U.S. each year. It can cause high fevers, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The FDA said it can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness to pregnant woman, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
The product has been sold at 7 Eleven, Walgreens, Food Lion, Hannaford, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Porkys, Bozzutos, Supreme Lobster and Superior Foods.
Among some of Trader Joe's brand food items listed in the recall include ready-to-eat meals of California Rolls, Classic California Rolls with Brown Rice & Avocado, Spicy California Rolls, Tempura Shrimp Crunch Rolls, Tofu Spring Rolls and Shrimp Spring Rolls.
The affected products are sold in plastic trays with clear lids and a range of best-by date listed on them.
The discovery was made when the FDA flagged a problem from an inspection during a routine inspection of Fuji Food facility in Massachusetts.
The company has stopped all operations at the facility, and initiated the first recall in its history.
The Trader Joe's announcement comes after the grocery chain's supplier, Fuji Food Products, announced its own voluntary recall just last week.
"As responsible processors of safe, fresh food for nearly 30 years, we are addressing this problem vigorously and we apologize to those who are affected by it," Fuji Food Products CEO Farrell Hirsch said in a news release.
So far, there have been no reports of anyone getting sick, but the company said it is taking the measures as a precaution. The company urges anyone who's purchased these items not to eat them, and to return them to any Trader Joe's store for a refund.
He said the company will resume manufacturing there only when the FDA confirms the area is free of contamination.
More information can be found on the FDA website.