Salad Listeria Outbreak: Ready to Eat Chicken, Ham, and Macaroni Salads at Issue
Beaverton, Oregon-based Reser’s Fine Foods has ordered a recall of just under 109,000 cases of their refrigerated ready-to-eat food products because of fears of contamination with listeria bacteria. These products were produced in a processing plant in Topeka, Kansas, and are distributed throughout the United States and Canada.
According to recall notice by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products being recalled include chicken, ham, macaroni and potato salads, as well as several of their slaws and salsas. The products are sold under a number of brand names, including Reser’s Fine Foods, Cobble Street Market and Cross Valley Farms, as well as store brands, such as 7-11, Target, Walmart, Dillon’s, Miller’s, and Yoder’s. Product expiration dates range from 10/23/13 to 3/17/14. In all, the recalled food totals about 11.5 tons. For a full list of products and UPC codes on the recall list, go to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website announcing the recall.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Listeria bacteria is most commonly found on deli meats, soft cheeses and seafood, although it does appear on other foods, as well. For example, two years ago, there was a serious outbreak of Listeria that was tied to tainted cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado. That outbreak killed 33 people, made 147 others sick, and caused at least one miscarriage.
Listeria contamination can lead to a very serious infection called Listeriosis. While it’s generally not a common infection it can be a very serious condition to several groups of people, especially children, the elderly, and those who have weakened immune systems. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women because the infection can spread to the fetus, which can lead to the child being born with a serious infection in the fetus right after birth, or even stillbirth. A fetus’ symptoms can include fever, irritability, an unwillingness to eat, or even vomiting.
While less serious, older children and adults can still suffer from fever and muscle aches, cramps, nausea, and/or diarrhea. Often, symptoms will be gone in a few days, but Listeriosis can spread through the nervous system, leading to anything from headache and a stiff neck to a loss of balance, confusion or even convulsions.
If you have some of these Reser products, follow the recall instructions and return them to the store as soon as possible. If you or a loved one is feeling sick, and you believe you ate these products, see a doctor. Then, contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible so you can protect your rights.