For Immediate Release
Oct. 24, 2013
Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some Reser’s Fine Foods products, sold nationwide, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores and food warehouses to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale. Here is the recall announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.
The recalled refrigerated ready-to-eat products were distributed nationwide and Canada.
The product is sold in retail and food service establishments. The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20. A complete list of products affected by this recall can be found online here.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recalled products were manufactured at the Topeka, KS salad manufacturing facility. No other Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. manufacturing facilities are involved in this recall.
Consumers who purchased the product may take it back to the store for a refund or discard it. For more information please contact Reser’s Fine Foods Consumer Hotline 1-888-257-7913 (8am-8pm EST) or visit the FDA website: www.fda.gov.
To view a comprehensive list of all food and feed recalls affecting Georgia, please visit http://agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information.