May 22, 2000
Kroger Brand Tuna Salad Tests Positive for Listeria in Georgia
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
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
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
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
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 22,
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