If you bought onions at Publix or Wegmans, they might have been recalled for listeria

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Vidalia sweet onions sent to Publix, Wegmans and Walmart’s Sam’s Club have been recalled after A&M Farms found listeria on its packing line, according to a recall notice that posted Friday.

What Publix, Wegmans and Sam’s Club stores got which onions?

Publix: The onions were sold from June 22-24, at all Florida stores and stores in the Georgia counties of Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton (where Atlanta is located), Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Oconee and Walton. They were sold by the pound and have PLU 4159 on the Little Bear brand tag.

A Vidalia sweet onion with the Little Bear brand tag that’s on onions recalled from Publix and Wegmans.
A Vidalia sweet onion with the Little Bear brand tag that’s on onions recalled from Publix and Wegmans.

Wegmans: The onions were sold June 23 and 24 at stores in Massachusetts, the Rochester, New York area, and at the Erie West and Erie Peach Street Wegmans stores in Erie, Pennsylvania. They were sold by the pound and have PLU 4159 on the Little Bear brand tag.

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Sam’s Club: Sam’s Club claims it destroyed its recalled onions at its North Carolina retail distribution center before the onions got to market. But, just in case Sam’s Club wasn’t as efficient as it says it was, these onions were sold in 6-pound bags under the Why FFA Matters brand, Lot No. CHW032A.

The bag in which Why FFA Matters Vidalia sweet onions are sold.
The bag in which Why FFA Matters Vidalia sweet onions are sold.

What is listeria?

Listeria kills about 260 of the 1,600 Americans infected each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Senior citizens, pregnant women and children under 5 are the most vulnerable to listeria’s worse effects. Listeria can cause stillbirths and miscarriage. Listeria symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, high fever, severe headaches, stomachaches, stiffness, confusion and poor balance.

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What should you do now?

If you have recalled onions, don’t eat them. Either trash them or take them back to the store for a refund.

If you have questions about the recall, call A&M Farms at 912-585-2058, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern time.

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