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May 22, 2000

Kroger Brand Tuna Salad Tests Positive for Listeria in Georgia

Packages marked with 'Use by' date of May 17

Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is advising consumers to check the code and use-by date of a Kroger brand tuna salad they may have stored in their refrigerators.  The tuna salad may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can potentially cause illness.

A routine sample taken by the Georgia Department of Agriculture from Kroger Delicatessen Bright Sides Albacore Tuna Salad in 16-ounce containers tested positive for the bacteria.  The tuna salad has a code of 0047 with USE BY MAY 17 on the package.  A second Sample from the same lot has also tested positive.

Kroger is cooperating fully with investigators and has issued a voluntary recall of the product.  The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating the plant that originated the tuna salad to determine the distribution of the product and to see if other lots may be affected. 

``This appears to be an isolated incident,"   said Commissioner Irvin.  "A sample with a later use-by date has tested negative."

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease.   The most common manifestation of listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.  Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections to infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems such as persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection or taking chemotherapy for cancer. 

"Although the recommended use-by date has passed, we were concerned consumers might still have some of the product stored at home and we wanted to advise them against eating it," said Irvin.

Consumers who have any of this product should return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.  No illness has been reported.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 22, 2000.

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