NEW HAMPTON - (AP) - Federal food safety authorities saychives distributed in nine states by an upstate New York companyare being recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration says the chives from GoodnessGardens Inc. of New Hampton were sold primarily through retailersin New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania,Maryland, Alabama, Illinois and Virginia. They were packaged inplastic clamshell containers, 1 pound bags and twist tie bunches.The recalled lot is number 0201111, dated May 6.

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause fever and abdominalillness and serious infections in young children, frail adults andothers with weakened immune systems. Infection is sometimes fataland can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. The FDA says there havebeen no reports of illness associated with the recalled chives.

Consumers may return them to retailers for a refund.