The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Yorgo's Foods is recalling all Greek-style food products it manufactures due to their potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products include hommus, tahini sauces, yogurt dip, salads, tzatziki, grape leaves, and taboule. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores nationwide. A complete list of the recalled products and product photos can be found online. Most of the recalled products were distributed in 8, 12, 16 and 32 ounce plastic cups or 2 and 5 pound plastic bags.
This issue was identified after routine FDA environmental sampling identified Listeria monocytogenes in the processing environment and in one sample of Original Tahini Sauce. Manufacturing of all foods has been voluntarily suspended while the FDA continues to investigate the source of the problem.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, those with weakened immune systems and in unborn fetuses. 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.
The products being recalled should be discarded or returned to the grocery store where they were purchased. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-603-624-5830.