A Georgia onion grower is voluntarily recalling Little Bear brand Vidalia onions sold at Wegmans locations in Massachusetts and supermarkets elsewhere that potentially have been contaminated with Listeria bacteria, officials said.
A&M Farms of Lyons, Ga., is recalling Vidalia onions packed between June 20 and June 23 on a specific factory line where Listeria was later found, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Thursday.
“The health and safety of consumers 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 implicated product never reached stores, but we are focused intently on alerting consumers in those areas that did receive the onions. 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.”
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and even fatal infections in small children, frail people, and others with compromised immune systems, the statement said.
“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,” the FDA said.
No illnesses connected with the onions have been reported.
The recalled onions were sold in bulk in the produce section of Wegmans stores in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and at Publix stores in Florida and Georgia, according to the statement.
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 at Wegmans on June 23 or June 24 should dispose of the onions and may take their receipt back to the place of purchase for a refund, the FDA said.