Posted: Oct 23, 2013 7:56 PM by MTN News
The federal Food & Drug Administration has announced that Reser's Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon, is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.
The recalled refrigerated ready-to-eat products were distributed nationwide and Canada.
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 below.
There have been on reports of illness at this time.
The recalled products were manufactured at the Topeka, KS salad manufacturing facility. No other Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. manufacturing facilities are involved in this recall.
Consumers who purchased the product may take it back to the store for a refund or discard it.
The president of the company, Mark Reser, said in a press release:
Our greatest concern is food safety; therefore, we are acting with speed and focusing on plant sanitation, increased testing and food handling practices while we continue to investigate. Food safety has been and will always be our number one priority. Your trust has built our company and we are committed to resolving this issue and maintaining that trust.
Click here for a complete list of affected products on the Reser's website.
For more information call Reser's Fine Foods at 1-888-257-7913 (8am-8pm EST) or visit the FDA website.