The Associated Press, via WABC News, has just reported on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announcement of a nationwide recall of several different kinds of prepared chicken and ham salads due to possible Listeria contamination.
Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the producer of the salads, has recalled over19,000 pounds of the salads, which were distributed to both retailers and food service organizations nationally. These products are sold under the Market Pantry, Archer Farms, D'amico and Sons, Finest Traditions, Garden Fresh and Weis brands. Although the products were distributed nationally, they have been found on the shelves of Target stores in Illinois, Indiana,Wisconsin and several other states, as yet unnamed.
Consumers are urged to use this link for complete, detailed descriptions and identifying codes for the impacted products. If found in your possession, either discard the suspect product(s) or return them to your place of purchase for a refund. Do not consume them.
Listeria poisoning is a serious infection, usually caused by eating food that has been contaminated by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Should the infection spread to the nervous system, Listeria can cause headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance and, in severe cases, convulsions. Pregnant women, children, seniors and individuals with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable. Should you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, see your healthcare professional immediately.
We will continue to provide updated information on this current recall as it becomes available.