taylorfarmsbroccoli.jpgTaylor Farms Pacific is voluntarily recalling broccoli items with a best if used by date of 2/7/11 to 3/7/11.  Taylor Farms issued the recall after the Washington State Department of Health detected Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample of product.  The recalled cases were distributed by Taylor Farms to 6 states, including; CA, AZ, NV, OR, UT, WA. Distribution dates were from February 7 to February 24.  A complete list of recalled products can be seen at the FDA recall notice.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems.