Ready-to-eat refrigerated foods recalled over possible Listeria contamination

| October 24, 2013

airborne micro picThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

A very large number of different products, mostly salads, are included in the recall and all carry the plant identifier code 20 immediately after the use-by or best-by date. They were produced at a salad manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas. Distribution was national through various distributors and retailers, but some of the recalled products were also distributed in Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency discovered the problem by routine microbiological testing and further investigation by the FDA has determined that cross contamination of products from food contact surfaces could have occurred. No related cases of illness have been reported to date.

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