Massive Listeria outbreak prompts recall of prepared salads, dips and spreads.

gardenvarietyGarden-Fresh Foods sells a variety of products including pasta, tuna, egg, chicken and potato salads and a variety of dips and spread sold under different brand name. The company announced a massive recall citing Listeria contamination involving the following products:

Market Pantry
Archer Farms Steakhouse
D’Amico and Sons
Roundy’s
Grandpa’s
Maggie’s
Finest Traditions
Chef’s Kitchen
Weis
Garden Fresh
Spartan
Portillo’s

The products have been sold in fourteen states including California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Symptoms of Listeria infection in healthy individuals are typically short-term and include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

A major public health risk is associated with Listeria as it can cause miscarriages and still birth in pregnant women and can have a severe effect in immune-comprimised individuals including young children, and the elderly.

The products involved are listed on the FDA recall site: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm369696.htm

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