More than 3 tonnes of ready to eat chicken salad recalled from the market
3135 kilos of ready to eat (RTE) chicken salad produced by Ron's Home Style Food, Texas, were recalled from the market due to the risk of being contaminated with Listeria.
The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after a routine record review by FSIS inspection program personnel, on 13 of November.
The RTE chicken salad items were produced and packaged on October 22, 2018, and shipped to institutional and retail locations in Texas. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
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. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.