April 29, 2002
Oven Pride Has Recalled Northwest Market Fresh
Labeled Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches
Seattle, WA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Oven Pride has recalled
254 Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches with the Northwest Market Fresh Label
attached and a best before date of 05/07/02, because it has the potential to
be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which 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 can cause
miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The Ham & Cheese Wedge sandwich was distributed throughout the Puget Sound
area with the Northwest Market Fresh label in convenience stores only. The
product has a net weight of 7.25 oz (205g) and is packaged in a rigid
plastic wedge cup.
There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of
The recall is the result of routine Washington State Department of
Agriculture microbiological sampling. Oven Pride has conducted subsequent
testing and all tests for Listeria have been negative. All 254 sandwiches
should have been removed from store shelves but "because of the potential
for foodborne illness, we wanted consumers to be aware of the recall", said
Steve Sposari, President of Oven Pride. Consumers who have purchased this
product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with any questions can contact Oven Pride at 1-800-722-6290 ext.