A national food company has issued a voluntary recall for some of its ready-to-eat products due to a possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.
On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that products from Reser’s Fine Foods were sold in Alaska, however no illnesses have been reported in the state or elsewhere.
The recall primarily affects ready-to-eat cold salads, coleslaws, baked beans, salsas, spreads and dips. The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20, which means the products were manufactured at the Topeka, KS salad manufacturing facility.
A complete listing of the recalled products can be found at the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm371955.htm and for an expanded recall list: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm372345.htm
“Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems,” said DEC. “Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Otherwise healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.”
Customers with concerns can call the Reser's Fine Foods Consumer Hotline at 888-257-7913 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.