October 26, 2013
Concord, NH – The recall of prepared deli salads by the Boston Salads and Provisions Company, Inc. of Boston due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been expanded to include additional products. Yesterday, approximately 223,000 pounds of chicken salad products were recalled that were made between August 23 and October 14 for sale in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for the recall of an additional approximately 80,000 pounds of other salads, including seafood, shrimp, tuna, and potato salads, made for sale by early November for distribution in Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine.
“Thankfully no illnesses have been reported related to this recall as Listeriosis can be a serious infection, especially for pregnant women and seniors,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to monitor this recall and continue our surveillance efforts for any possible cases. We will keep the public informed if there are any further developments including locations in the State where these products were distributed.”
The salads range in containers sizes from 1 to 30 pounds and come under the brand names Boston Salads, Market Sources, Price Chopper, Dietz & Watson, Northern Haserot, Costa Fresh Fruit Ideas, and Rachael’s Gourmet. Additional recalls may occur as the investigation continues.
A list of recalled products to date is available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Recall website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts and the FDA’s recall website at http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/.
Infection with Listeria can produce such symptoms as fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. If the infection spreads to the central nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics, so anyone who suspects they may have the illness should contact their healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased any of the suspect products are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be addressed to Boston Salads at (617) 541-9046 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. For questions about Listeriosis, contact the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603) 271-4496. For more information about Listeriosis, visit http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/index.html.