The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is advising consumers not to eat prepared, ready-to-eat salads from Boston Salads and Prepared Foods that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company, based in Boston, MA, is voluntarily recalling products that were distributed in five New England states, including Rhode Island. The list of recalled products can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm372319.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
The Seafood and Shrimp Salad, Chef's Recipe Potato Salad, Seafood Salad, Tuna Salad and Shrimp Salad were manufactured by Boston Salads and Prepared Foods and bear the Boston Salads, Rachael's Gourmet, Dietz and Watson labels with the sell by dates stated above. Garden Tuna Salad bears the Costa Fruit Fresh Ideas label with the sell by dates stated above.
There has been no illness or complaints related to this recall. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Product was distributed throughout the MA,CT,RI,VT,and ME states to wholesale and food service distributors, and retail stores. No other products or code dates were affected by this recall.
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.