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Possible Listeria contamination prompts Whole Foods recall of prepared salads

Whole Foods image by ChadPerez49 via Wikimedia Commons 375x196 Possible Listeria contamination prompts Whole Foods recall of prepared saladsThe latest Whole Foods recall affects two types of prepared salads due to Listeria contamination concerns. This is the second food product recall for the grocer in recent weeks, after it recalled listeria-contaminated organic Roquefort cheese earlier this month.

This new recall includes 230 pounds of curry chicken salad products, as well as classic deli pasta salad. This is a regional recall, with affected products shipped to retail stores and warehouses in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

The salads were sold by Whole Foods as prepackaged items, and also on its salad bars, in deli cases in stores, and used in sandwiches and wraps prepared in the store. The listeria contamination was discovered in a routine sampling by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Affected products have a “sell by” date of October 23, 2015. They were likely sold in stores between Oct. 18-22. Consumers who have any of the products should throw them away immediately and bring their receipt to the store for a refund. Affected products include the following:

UPC Code Product Description Lot Code
285551 Curry Chicken Salad, Our Chef’s Own, sold by weight Sell by 10/23/15
263144 Curry Chicken Salad Wrap, Made Right Here, sold by weight, 12oz Sell by 10/23/15
263126 Single Curry Chicken Salad Wrap, Made Right Here, 7oz Sell by 10/23/15
261068 Curry Chicken Salad CC, sold by weight Sell by 10/23/15
263142 PPK Salad Chicken Curry, sold by weight Sell by 10/23/15
265325 Curry Chicken Salad Rollup, 7oz Sell by 10/23/15
260976 Classic Deli Pasta Salad, Sold by weight Sell by 10/23/15
270742 FP Pasta Salad Classic Deli, sold by weight Sell by 10/23/15
0 36406 30001 7 Classic Deli Pasta Salad, 6oz Sell by 10/23/15
0 36406 30264 6 Classic Deli Pasta Salad, 14 oz Sell by 10/23/15

Listeria Monogynes bacteria are not a leading cause of food poisoning, but they are among the deadliest of foodborne pathogens, causing about 255 deaths in the United States every year. The populations most at risk are older adults and seniors, pregnant women, organ transplant patients on anti-rejection drugs, and people with weakened immune systems or other health problems, such as HIV/AIDS and other autoimmune diseases, cancer, end-stage renal disease, liver disease, alcoholism, and diabetes.

Listeriosis usually manifests as fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Sources:
CBS News
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention