Possible Listeria Contamination Reason For Massive Food Recall

By: From Media Release, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: From Media Release, Posted by Chris Fisher

WASHINGTON (Media Release) – Garden Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee, WI. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,694 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The company is recalling these products in addition to the 19,054 pounds of similar products that were recalled on Sept. 25, 2013.

The products listed below are being recalled as part of this expansion:

(Items listed are by pack/size, product, product code, code date)

5 lb. Garden Fresh Ham Salad With Sweet Relish, 5121, 1125-1 through 1125-4 and 1128-1 through 1128-4.

12 oz., Garden Fresh Ham Salad, 6163, 1128-2

5 lb. Premium Chicken Salad 5167 1110-1

5 lb. Reduced Fat Chicken Salad 5305 1115-1

5 lb. Chicken Salad 5113 1118-1

12 oz. Chicken Salad 6164 1118-1

5 lb. Sandwich Spread 5190 1110-1

5 lb. Weis Ham Salad 5212 1115-1, 1118-1

8 oz. Weis Ham Salad 05334 1118-1

5 lb. Weis Wonder Chicken Salad 5219 1115-1, 1118-1

4 lb. Finest Traditions Ham Salad Spread 38642 1128-2

12 oz. Finest Traditions Ham Salad Spread 38648 1128-2

8 lb. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Base 38770 1118-1

4 lb. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread 38886 1118-1

12 oz. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread, 38892

8 lb. Finest Traditions Dill Pasta & Chicken Salad 38600 1118-1

8 lb. Finest Traditions Gemelli Pasta with Chicken 38578 1118-1

4 lb. Finest Traditions Liver Pate 38726 1113-1

8 lb. Finest Traditions Nevada Chicken Salad Base 38802 1118-1

8 lb. Finest Traditions Spiral Pasta With Chicken 38576 1118-1

The products being recalled bear the establishment number “EST. 17256” or “Est. P-17256” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were distributed to retail and food service establishments nationwide.

FSIS conducted a food safety assessment at the facility following the initial recall. Microbial testing and other findings as part of the food safety assessment indicated that additional product was contaminated. The products included in the expanded recall were produced between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, 2013. FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at (800) 645-3367. Media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Vice President of Sales, Steve Mueller at (414) 645-1000.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/report-a-problem-with-food.

Recommendations for People At-Risk for Listeriosis:

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don't need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40° F or lower and the freezer 0° F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.


NOTE: Access news releases and other information at FSIS’ website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts.
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