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Broccoli recall prompts warning from Park Ridge

Park Ridge Health warned patients and cafeteria diners that a supplier of broccoli the hospital served has issued a voluntary recall of the vegetable because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Mann Packing issued a voluntary recall of fresh broccoli florets on Nov. 19 because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is a supplier of produce to US Foods, which is a food vendor for Park Ridge Health. Mann Packing issued the recall US Foods, which then passed along the recall information to Park Ridge Health.
Mann Packing issued the recall in response to a single positive result found during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with the product.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which 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.
Park Ridge advised anyone who believes they consumed broccoli via the hospital's patient tray service or in our public cafeteria between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3 and are suffering from the symptoms listed above to seek medical attention.
Individuals with further questions may contact the Mann Packing 24-hour Consumer Line at 888-470-2681 or visit