Hy-Vee has voluntarily recalled some frozen fried rice products across its eight state region — including Minnesota — due to possible listeria contamination.
The West Des Moines-based supermarket chain recalled Hy-Vee Vegetable Fried Rice and Hy-Vee Chicken Fried Rice. The recall is linked to a growing number of recalls involving frozen food contaminated with listeria.
Hy-Vee’s recall came after its supplier, Ajinomoto Windsor, announced it was recalling certain frozen foods. Ajinomoto, in turn, made a recall after its frozen vegetable supplier, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Wash., had made a large recall. Several other companies have recalled hundreds of items due to vegetable products supplied by CRF.
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, a potentially deadly infection. At least eight people may have been sickened nationwide with listeria in connection with vegetable products from CRF.
The Hy-Vee Vegetable Fried Rice being recalled was sold in 1 pound bags with the UPC number 000007545012530 and the “use buy” date of Nov. 5, 2017, or earlier. The Hy-Vee Chicken Fried Rice was sold in 20-ounce bags with the UPC number 0075450125290 and the “use buy” date of Nov. 5, 2017, or earlier.