A&M Farms Initiates a Recall Of Specific Little Bear Brand Whole Vidalia Onions Sold By The Pound at Retail Because of Possible Health Risk - 7/5/22
Company Announcement Date:
June 30, 2022
FDA Publish Date:
June 30, 2022
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Whole Vidalia onions
A&M Farms of Lyons, Georgia, is voluntarily recalling select whole Vidalia onions packed on one pack line between June 20 – June 23, 2022, 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. 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.
Consumers can identify the recalled Vidalia Onions by the purchase location, PLU 4159 and Little Bear brand on the PLU sticker as provided in the table at the end of the notice. The recalled Vidalia Onions are sold in bulk in the produce section of retail stores. The recalled Little Bear onions were available for sale to consumers on June 23 and 24 at WegmansExternal Link Disclaimer stores in the Rochester-area, Massachusetts, and at the Erie West and Erie Peach Street Wegmans stores in Pennsylvania. The onions were also available for sale June 22 – 24, 2022 at Publix stores in the state of Florida and in Publix stores in Georgia in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. No other onions are included in this recall notice.
To date, no illnesses or adverse events have been reported. The company shipped the recalled product directly to retailer distribution centers in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The distribution centers further distributed the recalled product to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
The recall comes after internal company testing detected Listeria on a single pack line. Although the company cleans and sanitizes its pack lines regularly, it is recalling onions packed on the implicated packing line before and after June 21 out of an abundance of caution. No other products grown, packed, or sold by A&M Farms are affected by this recall.
Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it. The product should be disposed and may return to the place of purchase with a receipt for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s information desk at 1-912-585-2058, M-F, 8 am – 4 pm EDT.
A&M Farms immediately notified customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and requested that they remove it from inventory. As a result, the product was available for retail purchase only at the stores and during the dates listed in the table.
A&M Farms is issuing this press release and keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Georgia Department of Agriculture informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted.
“The health and safety of consumers are our top priorities here at A&M Farms. We are glad that most of the implicated product never reached stores, but we are focused intently on alerting consumers in those areas that did receive the onions.” said Aries Haygood, co-owner of A&M Farms. “We stopped packing
on the implicated line, and I am personally overseeing a full cleaning and sanitation of the equipment and an internal review of our processes.”
June 30, 2022, A&M Farms’
Firm-Initiated Recall of Whole Vidalia Onions
Available to Consumers at Two Retail Chains in Five States June 22-24
|Product description||Brand on PLU
|PLU no. on sticker or Lot# on bag||Dates available for sale in stores||Retailers|
|Vidalia sweet onions sold by the pound||Little Bear||PLU 4159||Sold in stores June 23 and 24||Sold at Wegman’sRochester, NY- area stores, two- Pennsylvania locations,
Massachusetts StoresExternal Link Disclaimer
|Vidalia sweet onions sold by the pound||Little Bear||PLU 4159||Sold in stores June 22-24||Sold at Publix stores in Florida and in the following South Georgia counties: Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and
|6 lb. bagged Vidalia sweet onions||Why FFA Matters||Lot#CHW032A UPC026303610067||Shipped to DC on June 21||Shipped to Sam’s Club’s distribution center in North Carolina. According to Sam’s, all recalled onions were destroyed and unavailable for
sale to consumers.
Little Bear brand Vidalia sweet onions (PLU 4159) were available for sale by the pound in:
- Publix stores June 22-24 in Florida and select counties in Georgia,
- Wegmans storesExternal Link DisclaimerJune 23 and 24.in the Rochester, NY area, Massachusetts and two stores in Pennsylvania.
See table for more details.
6lb. bag Vidalia sweet onions , Why FFA Matters brand (Lot#CHW032A and UPC 026303610067. Shipped to Sam’s Club’s retail distribution center in North Carolina. According to Sam’s, all of the recalled onions were destroyed and not available for sale to consumers.
* We believe that none of the product being recalled were processed or offered through the national office
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
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