October 15, 2001NorStar Specialty Foods Recalls Tzatziki
Seattle, WA. (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that NorStar Specialty Foods
8 ounce and 24
ounce containers of Janiecy's brand "Tzatziki Creamy Cucumber Garlic Sauce"
because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an
organism that 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
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FDA.
The recalled Tzatziki
was distributed in the state of Washington in 8 ounce and 24 ounce
containers in retail and warehouse club stores, and in the states of Oregon,
California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Texas in 24
ounce containers in warehouse club stores.
The product is packaged in 8 ounce and 24 ounce clear plastic containers
labeled "Tzatziki Creamy Cucumber Garlic Sauce" and showing the Janiecy's
brand name and logo. The affected product is marked with a date label
stating "Use by 11/22/2001". The date label is located on the side of the 24
ounce containers and the bottom of the 8 ounce containers.
No Illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the
company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one sample of the
product. The company has suspended production of the product while it
investigates and corrects the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 8 ounce or 24 ounce containers of Janiecy's
brand "Tzatziki Creamy Cucumber Garlic Sauce" are urged to return them to
the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may
contact Gerry Isaac at NorStar Specialty Foods at 1-888-764-4499.