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Wegmans Food Market is recalling fresh Cauliflower Rice, Veggie Cauliflower Rice Blend and Stir-Fry Mix with Cauliflower because it may be contaminated with E. coli, the Food and Drug Administration reported Friday.
The specific products involved in the recall are:
- Wegmans Cauliflower Rice, 1 lb. pkg.
- Wegmans Cauliflower Rice, 8 oz. pkg.
- Wegmans Stir Fry Blend (with cauliflower), 1 lb. pkg.
- Wegmans Veggie (cauliflower) Rice Blend (sold by the pound).
The recalled products were sold between Dec. 7 and Dec. 18. They were distributed to 98 Wegmans stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts.
Customers who purchased the recalled products should return them to the service desk for a full refund. If any questions, consumers are encouraged to call Wegamans at 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The voluntary recall was initiated by a supplier to Wegmans, Produce Packaging based in Cleveland, which notified the grocery chain that the product may have been contaminated. No illnesses from consuming the products have been reported.
Earlier this week, a California farm associated with the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce recalled cauliflower and some additional lettuces because of possible contamination.
Adam Bros. Farming of Santa Maria, California issued the voluntary recall of red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower out of an abundance of caution, after it was discovered the produce may have come in contact with water from the water reservoir where the E. coli outbreak strain was found, the FDA said.
None of the recalled produce has tested positive for E. coli.
The California produce was harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30. The cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a widespread outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine which has made at least 59 people sick in the U.S. and others in Canada. No deaths have been reported but 23 people have required hospitalization. Symptoms of E. coli infection include fever, abdominal pain and tiredness.
Some romaine lettuce labeled with a harvest location is back in stores, but the FDA and CDC are still warning consumers not to eat romaine from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara counties in California.