Georgia Onion Grower Voluntarily Recalls Little Bear Brand Vidalia Onions Sold at Wegmans locations in Massachusetts and supermarkets elsewhere that have potentially been contaminated with the Listeria bacteria, officials said.
A&M Farms of Lyons, Georgia is recalling Vidalia onions packaged between June 20 and June 23 on a specific plant line where Listeria was later found, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday.
“Consumer health and safety are our top priorities here at A&M Farms,” Aries Haygood, co-owner of the farm, said in the statement. “We are glad that most of the products involved never reached stores, but we are carefully focused on alerting consumers in areas that received the onions. We have stopped packing on the line involved, and I am personally overseeing a thorough cleaning and disinfection of equipment and an internal review of our processes.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, frail people and others with weakened immune systems, the statement said.
“Although healthy people only experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women,” the FDA said.
No onion-related illnesses have been reported.
The recalled onions were sold in bulk in the produce section of Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, and in Publix stores in Florida and Georgia, according to the release.
In Massachusetts, Wegmans has locations in Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Medford, Natick, Northborough and Westwood, according to the company’s website.
Anyone with Little Bear brand Vidalia onions purchased from Wegmans on June 23 or 24 should discard the onions and can bring their receipt to the place of purchase for a refund, the FDA said.