October 29, 2013

Salad Dressing in Packaged Salads May Have Listeria

The USDA Food and Drug Administration(FDA) announced TODAY that
Taylor Farms in Maryland and Texas are voluntarily recalling approximately 22,849 pounds of broccoli salad kit products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the salad dressing. 

The USDA FDA also announced that BI-LO supermarkets is calling for an immediate recall of the Taylor Farms Spinach Antipasti Salad sold at one BI-LO store in Martinez, GA. This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced by Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. of packaged Taylor Farms salad kits with dressing included sold between Oct. 19 and Oct. 27.  According to the FDA, the reason for the recall is the potential that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

In addition, USDA FDA announced that Reser's Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon is voluntarily expanding its October 22, 2013 recall of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled refrigerated ready-to-eat products were distributed nationwide and Canada.

The Taylor Farms salad vegetables are NOT suspected of contamination.

There are no confirmed illnesses associated with these products.

Reser’s reports that the salad dressing included in the spinach salad pack is in question. The product is sold in retail and food service establishments. The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20. Products affected by this recall are listed on the FDA website.  

Consumers who purchased the product may take it back to the store for a refund or discard it.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. For further explanation, go to the FDA website press release.

For more information please contact Reser's Fine Foods Consumer Hotline 1-888-257-7913 (8am-10pm EST) or visit the FDA website.

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