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Check your refrigerator if you buy your produce from Walmart because Minnesota was just included in a new product recall from the FDA.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a recall alert that includes organic zucchini sold here in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as well as in 15 other states. Specifically, this new recall involves Organic Marketside Zucchini which was sold by World Variety Produce of Los Angeles, CA at Walmart stores in those 18 states.

According to a bulletin by the FDA, the zucchini is being recalled because "it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," the FDA noted.

I've not had Salmonella poisoning, thankfully, because it doesn't sound very fun, according to the way the FDA describes it:

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Specifically, the FDA said you should look for case lot 38706503 and UPC 6-81131-22105-4 to determine whether or not your Organic Marketside Zucchini packages are safe. If you find that you have any of the affected zucchini, the FDA says you should "destroy and dispose of the recalled product."


If you have questions, the FDA says to contact World Variety Produce, Inc. at 1-800-588-0151, Mon-Fri 7:00 AM–5:00 PM PST.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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