Listeria has been found in a facility that makes prepared sushi, spring rolls, and salads for Trader Joe’s and a few other retailers in Massachusetts, and anyone who has purchased these products within the last couple of weeks should throw them out, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Fuji Food Products Inc. makes Okami- and Trader Joe’s-brand sushi, spring rolls, and salads at its Brockton facility. The products are also sold at Hannaford, Walgreens, and 7-Eleven throughout New England, as well as in other states in the South and Midwest.
Authorities found the issue during a routine inspection, according to a release. The company has stopped making products while company officials and the FDA investigate how this happened.
“We will restart operation only after we have eliminated the cause and the FDA certifies that our facility is once again free of possible contamination,” Farrell Hirsch, company CEO, said in the release.
No one has been reported sick yet due to the products. Listeria can be fatal in small children, people with compromised immune systems, and older adults. Symptoms include fever, nausea, and diarrhea. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, the release said.
The FDA recommends checking sell-by dates and throwing any food out that matches up with a table provided in the release.