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Jamba smoothie kits and frozen vegetables recalled for possible listeria

Published: Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 11:34 AM
By: Mark Fisher - Dayton Daily News Staff Writer

A Phoenix-based specialty-food manufacturer is recalling dozens of frozen-vegetable products as well as Jamba brand smoothie kits from large supermarkets and retail centers in several states, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration email alert distributed this morning.

The voluntary recall by Inventure Foods, Inc. affects dozens of varieties of the company’s “Fresh Frozen” line of frozen vegetables as well as select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of smoothie kits because of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria during routine testing in the company’s production facility in Jefferson, Georgia.

To view a list of the specific products recalled, go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls.

The company said its Fresh Frozen products are “distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, mass merchandise stores and supermarkets,” in 24 states, according to the FDA’s news release. And the company’s Jamba “At Home” smoothies’ products being recalled are distributed to large-scale retailers and supermarkets east of the Mississippi River, the FDA release said.

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No known illnesses linked to consumption of Fresh Frozen frozen vegetables or Jamba “At Home” smoothies have been reported to date, and no listeria has been detected in the products themselves, but the company issued the recall notice because of the detected presence of the bacteria in the production facility.

Listeria can cause infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA said. Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but a listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Inventure Foods urged those who purchased recalled product to destroy the contents and its package and notify the company to obtain a refund. For more information, call (866) 890-1004, email info@inventurefoods.com or visit InventureFoods.com/FrozenRecall.