August 5, 2002
North Carolina Firm Has Recalled Chicken Salad
Halifax, N.C. (SafetyAlerts)
- Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. has recalled approximately 2,200 pounds of white
meat chicken salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products were produced on July 12, 2002 and distributed to retail
establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator.
"If they find the recalled products, then consumers should not eat them, but
return them to the point of purchase."
Reser’s Fine Food, Inc. notified FSIS that it was recalling the products
based on a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes from a sample collected
and analyzed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause
listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people
rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever,
severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause
miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal
infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the frail
or elderly, persons with chronic disease, those with HIV infection or people
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mike Reser,
vice president, Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., at (503) 643-6431.