Topic: Reser’s Fine Foods
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November 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM
Because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, Reser’s Fine Foods has expanded it’s recall of its chicken, ham and beef products from its Topeka, Kansas, facility to include all products produced in Topeka between Sept. 5 and Oct. 25. Previously the date range for recalled products was Sept. 5 to Oct. 9.
The recalled products were distributed across the United States and in Canada. They carry a Use-By Date date or a Best By Date (see list) and include the plant-identifier code of 20. People who purchased the products can either return them to the store for a refund or throw them away.
Reser’s says there have been no reports of people becoming ill from their products. But Listeria infection can be serious. In some people — the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and young children — it can cause severe, even fatal, illness. The organism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. In other people, the symptoms are less severe and short-term: fever, headache, stiffness and nausea or diarrhea.
A full list of products being recalled is here. For more information, consumers may call Reser’s consumer hotline at: 888-257-7913 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) or visit the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at www.fda.com.
October 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Reser’s Fine Foods has voluntarily expanded a recall of packaged salads from its factory in Topeka, Kan.
The company based in Beaverton said it took the step Saturday because the products distributed nationwide and in Canada may be contaminated with listeria, which can cause serious illness. Symptoms of listeria include fever, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
People with weak immune systems, such as young children, elderly and others can die. Pregnant woman can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth.
The recall was first announced Friday.
The company said in a statement on its website that there have been no confirmed illnesses linked to the products. Consumers were advised they could throw away recalled products or take them back where they bought them for a refund.
The products include potato, pasta, tuna and egg salads and others sold under the Reser’s name and others. Reser’s said the packages are marked with a plant identifier code of 20 next to the best-by-date.
About 450 products are listed on the Resers.com website and were sold under names that include Safeway Deli Counter, Walmart and SYSCO, as well as many others. The expiration dates range from Oct. 11 to Feb. 6, 2014.
Reser’s would not respond to questions about how the contamination was discovered, how extensive it was, whether the plant is still operating, or what kind of losses the recall represents.
Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Juli Ann Putnam said FDA generally does food inspections, but companies sometimes do their own. She said the agency was referring specific questions to Reser’s, as it generally does in cases of voluntary recalls.
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