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NY ag secretary warns consumers against certain turnip greens because of Listeria


State testing found Listeria monocytogenes in bagged turnip greens, prompting New York officials to issue a public warning today.

The fresh turnip greens are sold under the Robinson Fresh brand and are packaged by a company of the same name. As of the posting of the public warning no illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the leafy greens.

Distribution details are incomplete, but New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets reports the implicated turnip greens were sold at a ShopRite in Commack and possibly other retail locations.

“The consumer alert was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel found Listeria monocytogenes present in the product,” according to the warning from state Agriculture Secretary Richard A. Ball.

“Consumers who have purchased the ‘Robinson Fresh Turnip Greens’ should not consume it and should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.”

To determine whether they have the implicated turnip greens in their homes, consumers should look for the following label information: “Robinson Fresh Turnip Greens” in 16 ounce plastic bags with a best-by date of 4/26/21 on it.

Consumers with questions may contact Robinson Fresh Customer Service at 855-229-6128.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the implicated turnip greens and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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