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Recall of the Week: Ready-to-eat salads with chicken due to Listeria contamination

Boston Salads and Provisions Co. Inc. is recalling about 223,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday

Salad Label 061-2013The products were produced between Aug. 23 and Oct. 14 and shipped to wholesalers for distribution to retailers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Click here to see a list of the products being recalled.

Case labels or packaging may bear the sell by dates ranging from “9/13/2013” through “11/4/2013” as well as the establishment number “P-17999” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Although products included in this recall may be expired, FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in consumer or retail freezers.

The problem was discovered when the New Hampshire Department of Public Health found that two samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health was alerted to the findings and tested samples of product, with two testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The Massachusetts department then alerted FSIS of the positive results.

The firm’s investigation has identified a likely source of the contamination. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health officials on the investigation.

FSIS and the company haven’t received reports of illnesses from consumers who have eaten the products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, children, and pregnant women and their newborns. People outside these risk groups can also be affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes after people have had diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages or stillbirths.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Sales Department of Boston Salads at 617-307-6340, ext. 21.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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