Mary’s Harvest Fresh poultry products may be contaminated

broccoli salad Pixabay 315x210 Marys Harvest Fresh poultry products may be contaminatedPoultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc., may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious illness in some individuals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a public health alert. A recall was not issued because it is believed that all products are no longer in commerce and are past their “Best by” dates.

The affected product includes 8..75-ounce containers of “Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast (Rib Meat)” with item #20346 and a “Use By” dates of 10/12/17 through 10/16/17. They were produced from Oct. 6, 2016, through Oct. 10, 2017, and bear the establishment number “P-39928” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail stores in Oregon and Washington.

Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods received notification on Oct. 18, 2017, from its broccoli supplier that the broccoli products used in its kale broccoli slaw with chicken salads were included in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall due to contamination with L. monocytogenes. No reports of adverse reactions related to consumption of this product have been reported to date.

People who consume food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can develop listerosis, a serious infection that generally affects the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Infections can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths or premature birth in pregnant women or life-threatening infections in newborns. Symptoms include diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. An invasive infection may spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

Anyone who has purchased these products are urged not to consume them, and to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

Source: USDA