Nationwide recall of Whole Foods Market Red Lentil Dal over Listeria contamination

Bakkavor USA of Charlotte, NC, is recalling Whole Foods Market Red Lentil Dal, which includes pickled curry cauliflower, an ingredient produced by Doux South Specialties LLC because of Listeria monocytogenes pollution.

On April 19, Bakkavor USA was informed by Doux South Specialties LLC of their pickled curry cauliflower recall. Bakkavor USA immediately ceased the production and distribution of the Whole Foods Market Red Lentil Dal containing the pickled curry cauliflower. The Food and Drug Administration and Doux South Specialties LLC are continuing their investigation as to what caused the problem.

The product was distributed to Whole Foods Market stores in nearly all US states, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Recalled products:

  • Whole Foods Market Red Lentil Dal in 12 oz plastic trays
  • UPC 1 95515 02394 8 with the following codes: USE BY 4/15/2022, USE BY 4/17/2022, USE BY 4/18/2022, USE BY 4/19/2022, USE BY 4/22/2022, USE BY 4/24/2022, USE BY 4/25/2022 & USE BY 4/26/2022

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled product.

Customers who purchased this product at Whole Foods Market can take a valid receipt into the store for a full refund.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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