It’s hard to know what’s safe at the grocery store when it seems like every week there’s another major food recall. Last week, it was raw cheese, before that it was frozen vegetables and now it’s edamame we need to worry about, as the soybean product has been recalled in 33 states due to potential listeria concerns. First we find out our cheese may not be safe, now we have to worry about our favorite bento box appetizer? Come on!
Listeria was discovered during random testing of whole-pod edamame products, and now, as a safety precaution, all 8-ounce packages of Advanced Fresh Concepts edamame with sell-by dates of Jan. 3 to March 17 are being removed from shelves at major chains such as Wegmans, Kroger and Walmart (among other stores). If you were an unlucky buyer of the potentially bad product, you can return it for a full refund.
Here are the states that are reportedly most at risk of carrying the affected edamame:
- Washington, D.C.
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- South Carolina
As of now, no listeria-infected edamame illnesses have been reported, but when it comes to scary bacteria, it’s always much smarter to safe than sorry. One silver lining to all these recent recalls: It’s definitely restoring our faith in the food safety testing system — if not food production itself!