Trader Joe’s announces recall for 4 items over Listeria concerns

Trader Joe’s on Wednesday recalled four items containing cotija cheese over a potential listeria contamination following an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The grocery store announced that the recalled items are chicken enchiladas verde, cilantro salad dressing, an elote chopped salad kit and the southwest salad.

“If you purchased any of these products, please discard them or return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund,” the company said in its announcement.

The recall comes from Rizo Lopez Foods Inc. The company voluntarily recalled its dairy products 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.”

Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as a high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, the FDA said.

A listeria contamination can cause miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women, the administration’s announcement also warned.

The FDA advised customers to check their refrigerators for contaminated products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert this week for another Trader Joe’s product after it received multiple complaints that a frozen chicken pilaf product contained rocks.

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