(GPM pea shoots / Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Fans of GPM’s pea shoots may want to want to double check their veggies for a few weeks.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, GPM (Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd.) is recalling all of their pea shoots from the marketplace due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall applies to three different GPM products:

  • 100g GPM pea shoots | product code 10851 | UPC 6 84469 00012 4
  • 455g GPM pea shoots | product code 10851 | UPC 6 84469 00012 4
  • 230g GPM sweet pea shoots | product code 10851 | UPC 6 84469 00018 6
(Image / Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause illness, warns the inspection agency.

Symptoms of Listeria include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. People with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.

While pregnant women who become ill may experience only mild flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth, warns the CFIA. In severe cases, Listeria can cause death.

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In the meantime, no reports of the illness have been filed from ingesting the pea shoots yet.

If you have recalled products in your home the CFIA recommends throwing out the pea shoots or returning them to the store where they were purchased.

The food recall was first issued on Friday, with distribution reaching BC and Alberta. On Wednesday, the recall was updated to include stores in Saskatchewan, and possibly nationally.

The recall is similar to one that GPM made in June, 2018.

For a full listing of all food recalls and allergy alerts in Canada, look online here.

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