The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Three Ready Pac Foods Inc. establishments, located in Swedesboro, New Jersey, in Jackson, Georgia, and the headquarters establishment in Irwindale, California, are recalling approximately 59,225 pounds of one variety of chicken salad product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 7.5-oz. single serve salad bowl packages of “Ready Pac Foods Puro Picante Blazin Hot” with Use By Dates of 01/31/17 through 03/04/2017.
The Puro Picante Blazin’ Hot salad items were produced between Jan. 17, 2017 and Feb. 17, 2017 and bear establishment number P-27497, P-32081, or P-18502B inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
"The problem was discovered on Feb. 21, 2017 when the firm received notification from the cheese supplier that the cheese ingredient utilized in the chicken salad products was included in an expanded cheese recall due to potential contamination with L. monocytogenes." the USDA posted on their website.
Listeria monocytogenes is a potentially lethal foodborne pathogen which can cause serious or life-threatening illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons and young children. It can also cause health problems for pregnant women and newborns.
Adults who become infected may experience the following symptoms:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
- diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms
Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Higher risk persons who develop flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical assistance and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
FSIS and Three Ready Pac Foods Inc. are concerned that some of this recalled product may be in consumers' refrigerators.
Consumers who bought these products are urged not to eat them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall may contact Mary Toscano, Corporate Affairs Supervisor, at 1-800-800-7822.
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