Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – An onion producer in Georgia on Thursday announced that it is recalling entire onions that may have been contaminated with listeria bacteria.
A&M Farms of Lyons, Georgia, said that the Little Bear-branded Vidalia sweet onions included in the recall were packaged between June 20 and June 23.
The recalled onions include the number 4159 and the Little Bear branding on the PLU sticker, as shown below.
According to Aries Haygood, the owner co-owns the bulk of the onions that have been sold in bulk at A&M Farms’ Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania stores.
“We have stopped packaging along the relevant line, and I am personally overseeing the cleaning and sanitizing of all equipment and internally evaluating our processes,” says Haygood.
One shipment was sent to a Sam’s Club distribution center, but Sam’s says the entire group of onions was destroyed.
“Anyone in possession of the recalled product should not consume it,” the notice said. “The product should be liquidated and can be returned to the place of purchase with a receipt for a refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company’s information desk at 1-912-585-2058, MF, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT. “
Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria named in the recall, can cause fatal infections in children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. Healthier people infected with listeria may also experience fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Pregnant women can also experience miscarriages and stillbirths due to the infection.
To date, there have been no reported cases of listeria associated with the recalled onions.