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Pero Family Farms issues large recall of butternut squash trays due to listeria

Pero Family Farms Food Company, LLC has issued a recall of more than 30 trays of its butternut squash due to a listeria monocytogene contamination. While the full list of recalled products is too extensive to list below, we’ll provide a link below so you can view it. Fortunately, so far no illnesses have been reported.

Listeria isn’t typically dangerous to healthy individuals, but it can cause serious harm to those with weakened immune systems, and even death in those that are most frail. A healthy individual suffering from listeria might exhibit such symptoms as a fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. For those that are most vulnerable, miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant mothers are possible. For the edlerly and those with severely weakened immune systems, while rare, death can occur.

The recalled products were sold between January 2, 2021 and January 11, 2021. They were distributed to stores in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, New York, Maine, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, Alabama, Virginia and Missouri. The listeria monocytogene contamination is believed to have come from Race West Company. Race West Company supplies Pero Family Farms with their butternut squash.

On the bottom right hand corner of the clear tray or package you can find the product’s Run No. and Use By Date. This information will help you verify if your product is part of the recall. If you purchased the recalled butternut squash, you should throw it away, or return it to your retailer for a refund. 

To view the complete list of recalled butternut squash packages and read the full release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, click here: