Ohio Firm Recalls Salads Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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Washington, DC: Greencore USA, a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 23 pounds of chef salad products. The salads contain eggs that are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall due to concerns about contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture' Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The recall includes the following products:
5.6 oz. plastic containers of "Thornton' Quick Café Chef Salad"with an "Enjoy By"date through"2/4/2012", that bear the establishment number "P-38518"inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were distributed to retail establishments in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered when Greencore USA was notified by one of its suppliers that hard-cooked eggs (a product inspected by the FDA) had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and are being recalled by Michael Foods Egg Products Co.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

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