Salad and slaw kits distributed by the popular grocery chain Kroger have been recalled due to the concern that the product may be contaminated with listeria. The contamination was found during a routine test on a processor. CC Kitchens of Cincinnati, OH, has announced the recall.
According to WebMD, listeria can contaminate fresh produce such as cantaloupes, as well as some processed foods, including cheeses.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, upset stomach or diarrhea, and can occur 2 days to 2 months after exposure. Listeria is most dangerous in pregnant women, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
The recall affects salad and slaw kits distributed in three states: Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. The products were packaged between May 31 and June 5, 2017.
The following products were recalled: Chef Salad, Chicken Bacon Cobb Salad, Chef Side Salad, Garden Salad, Chicken Bacon Cobb Side Salad, Fiesta Slaw, Train Slaw Kit, Asian Quinoa Salad Kit, Beef Ponzu Kit, and Southwest Turkey Salad Kit.
CC Kitchen is working to make sure that retailers are removing the tainted items from their shelves. It is recommended that people do not attempt to eat the product; instead, to discard them.
To date, the FDA has not received any reports of illness from the recalled foods.
A safety tip is to scrub raw produce and dry it before cutting, and to store produce in a fridge below 40 F. It is also important to clean everything in contact with a whole melon.
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