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More food products recalled over bacterial contamination fears

Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 07:37 PM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Milwaukee-based Garden Fresh Foods is recalling approximately 103,080 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today the additional recall Friday.

The company is recalling these products in addition to the 25,748 pounds of similar products that already were recalled Sept. 25 and Oct. 17.

The products being recalled bear the establishment number “EST. 17256” or “Est. P-17256” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were distributed to retail and food service establishments nationwide.

Although product included in this recall may be expired, FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in consumer or retail freezers.

FSIS conducted a food safety assessment at the facility following the initial recall. Microbial testing and other findings as part of the food safety assessment indicated that additional product may have been contaminated due to harborage of Listeria monocytogenes within the facility.

The products included in the expanded recall were produced between Sept. 6 and Oct. 10, 2013. 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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has "invasive" infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

Recommendations for people at risk for listeriosis include:

• 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.

• Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

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

• Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don't 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. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40F degrees or lower and the freezer 0F degrees or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator. 

For a complete list of the recalled products, click HERE.More food products recalled over bacterial contamination fears

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