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article imageCaesar salad recalled due to pathogen contamination

By Tim Sandle     Sep 7, 2014 in Food
The U.S. company APPA Fine Foods is recalling approximately over 90,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), salad kits were shipped nationwide to one bulk warehouse chain for retail sale in its in-store cafés.
The alarm was sounded after officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development informed FSIS they received two confirmed positive Listeria monocytogenes results from retail product purchased at one of the bulk warehouse chain locations. The bulk warehouse chain then sampled intact components of the salad kits. Only the chicken came up positive for Listeria.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Foods most at risk from Listeria include: hot dogs, deli meats, pasteurized or unpasteurized milk, cheeses (particularly soft-ripened cheeses like feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, or Mexican-style queso blanco), raw and cooked poultry, raw meats, ice cream, raw vegetables, and raw and smoked fish.
With the chicken Caesar salad suspected contamination, 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. APPA Fine Foods is based in California. Importantly, neither FSIS nor the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
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