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Consumers Advised Not To Eat Deli-Prepared Tuna Salad

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising consumers not to eat any deli-prepared tuna salad purchased from July 26th to August 10th, due to a potential contamination of listeria in bulk tuna salad manufactured by a local wholesale tuna distributor.

Home Made Brand Foods, located in Newburyport, MA, voluntarily recalled approximately 5,000 pounds of “Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad” after routine sampling found the product had the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected tuna salad features an expiration date of August 19th, and was distributed to Stop and Shop Supermarkets, as well as other retail supermarkets and delicatessens.

Stop and Shop has already voluntarily removed any affected tuna salad from their deli and refrigerated sections.

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Because of the widespread distribution of bulk tuna salad to supermarkets and delicatessens across the region, consumers are advised to discard and not eat any tuna salad purchased from retail outlets between July 26th and August 10th. Anyone feeling ill after eating deli-prepared tuna salad during this time period should seek immediate medical attention.

Deli-prepared tuna salad purchased after August 10th should be considered safe to eat.

Listeriosis is a serious foodborne disease that can be life-threatening to certain individuals. While most cases of severe listeriosis occur in adults with weakened immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women and newborns, infections can occasionally occur in healthy individuals.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever associated with muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as cramping or diarrhea. The illness may be mild in some people and symptoms are sometimes described as flu-like.

No cases of listeriosis infection have been reported to date in connection with this recall.