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July 17, 2000

Home Made Brand Foods Recalls  Chicken Salad

Newburyport, MA (SafetyAlerts) - Home Made Brand Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,300 pounds of chicken salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product subject to recall is chicken salad in five and ten-pound containers. All package labels bear Home Made Brand Foods’ establishment number, P-8865, inside the USDA seal of inspection. The products being recalled are listed below.

"Home Made" brand

  • "AMERICAN CHICKEN SALAD" with a sell by date of "8/4"

  • "BICKFORDS WHITE CHICKEN SALAD" with a sell by date of "8/4"

  • "CLASSIC CHICKEN SALAD" with a sell by date of "8/2"

  • "‘ON A ROLL’ CHICKEN SALAD" with a Sell by date of "8/2"

  • "SUPREME WHITE CHICKEN SALAD" with a sell by date of "7/24"

"Weis Quality" brand

  • "CHICKEN SALAD" with a sell by date of "8/4"

"Hidden Harbor Salad" brand

  • "Chicken Salad" with a sell by date of "8/4"

The chicken salad was produced on July 10 and distributed to wholesale and retail establishments in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

"We want consumers to be aware of the recall, and we urge them to check their refrigerators," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. 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 weak immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Richard Walters, president, Home Made Brand Foods Co., Inc., at (978) 462-3663.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.


People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:

Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry products. Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.

Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds.) Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.

Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined or Mexican-style cheese. You can eat hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.

Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk or eat foods made from it, such as unpasteurized cheese.

Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers July 18, 2000.

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