Giant Eagle, a grocery store chain based in Pennsylvania is recalling frozen hash browns because there is a chance they may be contaminated with Listeria.
This recall involves Giant Eagle and Food Club brand frozen loose hash browns. According to the recall notice, the independent and unrelated manufacturer of the hash browns has been informed of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in products made in the same facility as the recalled items.
Upon receiving this information, Giant Eagle immediately performed a voluntary market recall of all potentially affected products and engaged an independent laboratory to test samples of these products. Giant Eagle has confirmed that some of the recalled products have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis which is a potentially serious infection.
The products affected by this recall are:
Giant Eagle Country Style Hash Browns (UPC 300341086)
Giant Eagle Western Style Hash Browns (UPC 3003401076)
Giant Eagle Southern Hash Browns (UPC 3003401075)
Giant Eagle Diced Hash Browns (UPC 300341087)
Giant Eagle Shredded Hash Browns (UPC 300341088)
Food Club Shredded Hash Browns (UPC 3680006530).
Customers who have previously purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle where they will receive the double your money back guarantee upheld for all Giant Eagle brand products.
Listeriosis is dangerous and can often be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.
No illnesses have been linked to any of these recalled hash browns.