More Than 70 Ready-to-Eat Salads and Dips Recalled for Listeria
If you thought you could save some time tonight by using a ready-to-eat salad or dip, be sure to check the label first. About nineteen thousand pounds of such items from Garden Fresh Foods have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.
What’s in your pantry?
If you have ready-to-eat salads or dips made by Garden Fresh Foods in your pantry or refrigerator, first you should refer to the following list of recalled items. The company distributed the foods across the country under the following brand names: Archer Farms, D’Amico and Sons, Finest Traditions, Garden Fresh, Grandpa’s, Maggie’s, Market Pantry, Portillio’s, Roundy’s, Spartan, and Weis.
The salads include those prepared with potatoes, macaroni, tuna, chicken, and ham, as well as various cole slaws. Among the recalled dips are those made with artichokes, spinach, and dill, and dip for fruit.
So far, no one has reported an illness associated with eating any of the recalled products. Those most vulnerable to the activity of Listeria are individuals who have a compromised immune system and pregnant women, as the latter are at risk for a spontaneous abortion or stillbirth.
However, all consumers are warned that even a small amount of Listeria in the bloodstream can cause serious symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, muscle aches, and fever. Listeria infection that reaches the nervous system is associated with confusion, convulsions, headache, loss of balance, and a stiff neck.
Listeria has been in the news lately because of a previous outbreak in 2011, when 33 people died and an additional 147 become ill after eating contaminated cantaloupe from Jensen Farms. The company’s owners were recently charged with six misdemeanor counts of introducing contaminated food into interstate commerce, and they face the possibility of six years in prison and more than a $1 million in fines if convicted.
What you can do
If you have consumed any of the recalled foods and you experience any of the named symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Anyone who bought any of the recalled foods can return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Consumers who have any questions about the recall can contact the company at 800-645-3367 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
Food and Drug Administration
USA Today September 26, 2013