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News Release

Massachusetts Firm Recalls USDA-Regulated Ready-To-Eat Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Class I Recall 061-2013
Health Risk: High Oct 24, 2013

Congressional and Public Affairs
 Peggy Riek 
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 – Boston Salads and Provisions Company, Inc., a Boston, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 222,959 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products were produced between Aug. 23, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013, and shipped to wholesalers for further distribution to retail locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The products subject to recall include: [label]

Product Brand Product Description Container Size Units per Case
Boston Salads Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

1

Boston Salads Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

2

Boston Salads Chicken Salad 30 lbs.

1

Boston Salads Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad  7 oz.

6

Boston Salads Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad 12 oz.

6

Boston Salads Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

1

Boston Salads Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

2

Boston Salads Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad 30 lbs.

2

Boston Salads White Chicken Salad  7 oz.

6

Boston Salads White Chicken Salad 12 oz.

6

Boston Salads White Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

1

Boston Salads White Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

2

Boston Salads White Chicken Salad 30 lbs.

1

Dietz & Watson Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad 12 oz.

6

Dietz & Watson Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad  7 oz.

6

Dietz & Watson Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

1

Dietz & Watson Tropical Cranberry Walnut  5 lbs.

1

Dietz & Watson White Chicken Salad  7 oz.

6

Dietz & Watson White Chicken Salad 12 oz.

6

Dietz & Watson White Chicken Salad  5 lbs.

1

Market Source Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

2

Northern Haserot Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

2

Price Chopper Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

1

Rachael's Gourmet Caesar Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

2

Rachael's Gourmet Chicken Caesar Salad

5 lbs.

2

Rachael's Gourmet Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

2

Rachael's Gourmet Chicken Salad

10 lbs.

1

Rachael's Gourmet Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

5 lbs.

2

Rachael's Gourmet Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

10 lbs.

1

Rachael's Gourmet White Chicken Salad

7 oz.

6

Rachael's Gourmet White Chicken Salad

 5 lbs.

2


Case labels or packaging may bear the sell by dates ranging from “9/13/2013” through “11/4/2013” as well as the establishment number “P-17999” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Although product included in this recall may be expired, FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in consumer or retail freezers.

The problem was discovered when the New Hampshire Department of Public Health (NHDPH) determined that two non-intact samples tested positive for Lm with matching PFGE patterns. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) was alerted to these findings and tested intact samples of product, with two testing positive for Lm with matching PFGE patterns. MADPH then alerted FSIS of the positive results. The firm’s investigation has identified a likely source of the contamination. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners on this investigation, including the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration and the MADPH and NHDPH.  

FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the Sales Department of Boston Salads at (617) 307-6340, ext. 21.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available  24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

 

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PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them. 

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk. 

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be

40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.


 

 

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Mar 14, 2014