Caesar Salad Kits Recalled for Listeria Contamination

APPA Fine Foods of Corona, California, is recalling approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The salad kits were shipped nationwide to one bulk warehouse chain for retail sale in its in-store cafes. (APPA Fine Foods produced the kits used by the bulb warehouse chain). The following products are subject to recall:

  • 11-oz. clear plastic containers and 6.5-lb. boxes labeled, “APPA Fine Foods/Sam’s Club Daily Chef CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD KIT” with case codes 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 with use by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The kits were produced on July 4, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2014.

Box labels bear the establishment number “P-21030” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development informed FSIS they received two confirmed positive Listeria monocytogenes results from retail products purchased at one of the bulk warehouse chain locations. The bulk warehouse chain then sampled intact contents of the salad kits. Only the chicken tested positive for Listeria.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products as of yet.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria can cause Listeriosis, a serious infection that affects the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms of Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea and/or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

Listeriosis can cause miscarriages in pregnant women, as well as stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. Serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Listerosis can be treated with antibiotics. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food, especially those in higher-risk categories, should seek medical care immediately.

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