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7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall. NY, Penn, Mass, Florida and Ga Publixes, Sams Club N. Carolina

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https://tools.cdc.gov/podcasts/download.asp?m=316422&c=730158

Below is directly from the FDA website on this recall. There is no mention yet if the Listeria associated with this onion recall is associated with current Listeria Outbreak.

A&M Farms Initiates a Recall Of Specific Little Bear Brand Whole Vidalia Onions Sold By The Pound at Retail Because of Possible Health Risk

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company's announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

 

Summary

Company Announcement Date: June 30, 2022 FDA Publish Date: June 30, 2022 Product Type: Food & Beverages Reason for Announcement:
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name: A&M Farms Brand Name:
Little Bear
Product Description:
Whole Vidalia onions

Company Announcement

A&M Farms of Lyons, Georgia, is voluntarily recalling select whole Vidalia onions packed on one pack line between June 20 - June 23, 2022, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers can identify the recalled Vidalia Onions by the purchase location, PLU 4159 and Little Bear brand on the PLU sticker as provided in the table at the end of the notice. The recalled Vidalia Onions are sold in bulk in the produce section of retail stores. The recalled Little Bear onions were available for sale to consumers on June 23 and 24 at WegmansExternal Link Disclaimer stores in the Rochester-area, Massachusetts, and at the Erie West and Erie Peach Street Wegmans stores in Pennsylvania. The onions were also available for sale June 22 – 24, 2022 at Publix stores in the state of Florida and in Publix stores in Georgia in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. No other onions are included in this recall notice.

To date, no illnesses or adverse events have been reported. The company shipped the recalled product directly to retailer distribution centers in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The distribution centers further distributed the recalled product to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

The recall comes after internal company testing detected Listeria on a single pack line. Although the company cleans and sanitizes its pack lines regularly, it is recalling onions packed on the implicated packing line before and after June 21 out of an abundance of caution. No other products grown, packed, or sold by A&M Farms are affected by this recall.

Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it. The product should be disposed and may return to the place of purchase with a receipt for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s information desk at 1-912-585-2058, M-F, 8 am – 4 pm EDT.

A&M Farms immediately notified customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and requested that they remove it from inventory. As a result, the product was available for retail purchase only at the stores and during the dates listed in the table.

A&M Farms is issuing this press release and keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Georgia Department of Agriculture informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted.

“The health and safety of consumers are our top priorities here at A&M Farms. We are glad that most of the implicated product never reached stores, but we are focused intently on alerting consumers in those areas that did receive the onions.” said Aries Haygood, co-owner of A&M Farms. “We stopped packing

on the implicated line, and I am personally overseeing a full cleaning and sanitation of the equipment and an internal review of our processes.”

June 30, 2022, A&M Farms’
Firm-Initiated Recall of Whole Vidalia Onions
Available to Consumers at Two Retail Chains in Five States June 22-24

Product description Brand on PLUsticker< PLU no. on sticker or Lot# on bag Dates available for sale in stores Retailers
Vidalia sweet onions sold by the poundLittle BearPLU 4159Sold in stores June 23 and 24Sold at Wegman’sRochester, NY- area stores, two- Pennsylvania locations,
Massachusetts Stores
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Vidalia sweet onions sold by the poundLittle BearPLU 4159Sold in stores June 22-24Sold at Publix stores in Florida and in the following South Georgia counties: Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and
Walton.
6 lb. bagged Vidalia sweet onionsWhy FFA MattersLot#CHW032A UPC026303610067Shipped to DC on June 21Shipped to Sam’s Club’s distribution center in North Carolina. According to Sam’s, all recalled onions were destroyed and unavailable for
sale to consumers.

Little Bear brand Vidalia sweet onions (PLU 4159) were available for sale by the pound in:

  • Publix stores June 22-24 in Florida and select counties in Georgia,
  • Wegmans storesExternal Link Disclaimer June 23 and 24.in the Rochester, NY area, Massachusetts and two stores in Pennsylvania.

See table for more details.

6lb. bag Vidalia sweet onions , Why FFA Matters brand (Lot#CHW032A and UPC 026303610067. Shipped to Sam’s Club’s retail distribution center in North Carolina. According to Sam’s, all of the recalled onions were destroyed and not available for sale to consumers.


Company Contact Information

Consumers: 912-585-2058
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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall.

Thanks @Mindy D ....I read the information and my vidalia's were not listed as one of the stores. Grateful for that.....our 4th of July dinner includes vegan hot dogs with sauerkraut and chopped onions.  

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall.

@phoenixbrd @If you have not sliced your onions yet, It's just my opinion but I'd keep them separated from all other foods and avoid tonight until more is known. The last onion recalls just kept growing and growing. 

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall.

@Mindy D   Good thinking...I'm releasing the vidalia onions.  I've got a couple of purple and that will be just as good on the dogs!  Thanks for your suggestion....I agree these days these recalls seem to have legs....best to be safe.

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall.

@phoenixbrd @Have these onions been completely separated? If so, that's that is best. Listeria can live inside of refrigerators BTW.

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall. NY, Penn, Mass, Florida and Ga Publixes, Sams Club N. Carolina

@Mindy D We need to get you your own forum category! Thanks for the heads up on the peanut butter. Today I got a notice from Sams saying their records indicated that I pruchased Jiff and to return it. I'm letting them know our gal Mindy is way ahead of ya!

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall. NY, Penn, Mass, Florida and Ga Publixes, Sams Club N. Carolina

@granddi   I agree, I appreciate @Mindy D for warning us about any contamination.  My responsibility these days to remain vigilant to keep my family safe.

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Re: 7/4 Vidalia Onions Recall. NY, Penn, Mass, Florida and Ga Publixes, Sams Club N. Carolina

Thank you, Mindy.

 

Just read your post, noticed husband had just come back from Publix here in Florida.

Had him go check it and sure enough, even the number matched!

 

Its now in the trash..

 

Think I'll stay away from the stores and products you mentioned..

 

Thank you again...