June 5, 1999
Bud's Produce Recalls Time Savers Tossed Salad
and Cole Slaw
Elizabethtown, KY (SafetyAlerts) - Bud's Produce is
recalling Time Savers tossed salad and cole slaw, 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Time Savers tossed salad and cole slaw was
distributed in Kentucky, Southern Indiana and Northern Tennessee. This product was
distributed through various retail stores.
The time Savers tossed salad and cole slaw is in
plastic eight-ounce, one-pound and two-pound bags. The product in question has a
"use by" date of 6/16/99 and including dates before 6/16/99 are also suspect.
No Illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was the result of samples collected by
the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Administration and a routine
sampling program by the company that revealed that the finished products contained the
bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as
the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Administration and the company
continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the Time Savers
tossed salad and cole slaw are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full
refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (270) 737-5616.