A voluntary recall of chives by Goodness Gardens, New Hampton, N.Y., is a precautionary move, according to company president Brian Murphy, who said on May 11 there is a very slim chance that any of the produce is still on retail shelves.
The chives, which tested positive for listeria monocytogenes during a routine sampling by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, had a May 6 sell by date. The chives were shipped between April 22-26 to one wholesaler in Pennsylvania and retailers in nine states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Illinois and Virginia.
The recalled chives were distributed in plastic clamshells: 0.25 ounce (UPC 0 21985 20005 6); 2/3 ounce (UPC 0 21985 10004 2); in 1-pound bags, and ½ ounce twist tie bunches. The chives’ lot number was 0201111.
No other goodness Gardens products are involved in the recall. No illnesses have been reported related to the recalled produce, Murphy said. He said Connecticut officials bought the chive sample, along with many other products for testing, at a retailer. Tests were done April 26.
“They showed up here yesterday and informed us of the test results,” Murphy said May 11. “They are here again today.”
Murphy said he didn’t think the testing was related to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Microbiological Data Program, but he wasn’t sure. He said he had not been given much information and that he didn’t think the Connecticut officials had much more to tell him than they already had.
Although Goodness Gardens is a growing operation, they do not grow year round. Murphy said he bought the recalled chives from a distributor in the Bronx, N.Y., and that they were originally imported from Colombia.