Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Massive Recall of Prepared Foods

The effected foods were sold under several names in 14 states

By Samantha Tata
|  Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 AM PDT
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Massive Recall of Deli Foods Underway

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Several prepared deli meals, including potato salad like the one pictured here, is being recalled for possible Listeria contamination.

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A variety of ready-to-eat salads, cole slaw and dips sold in 14 states are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The products sold by Garden-Fresh Foods in various sizes – from 6 to 18 ounces – may contain Listeria monocytogenes, the company said in a news release Tuesday.

This week’s announcement expands an initial voluntary recall and applies to pasta, tuna, egg, chicken and potato salads, and various dips and spreads sold under these names:

  • Market Pantry
  • Archer Farms Steakhouse
  • D'Amico and Sons
  • Roundy's
  • Grandpa’s
  • Maggie's
  • Finest Traditions
  • Chef's Kitchen
  • Weis
  • Garden Fresh
  • Spartan
  • Portillo’s

They were sold in California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

So far, there have been no reports of illness related to this recall, the company said.

Symptoms of Listeria in healthy individuals are typically short-term and include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The bacterium can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, and can be fatal in young children, the chronically ill and elderly, or others with weakened immune systems.

For a complete list of the recalled salads and their UPC codes, click here.

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