October 10, 2000Pennsylvania Firm Recalls
Chicken Salad For Possible Contamination
PA (SafetyAlerts) - Newhart Foods,
Inc. said today it is voluntarily recalling approximately 90 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 "King's Chicken Caesar Salad" in 83 ounce
packages. The packages have a "SELL THRU" date of "10/07/00" on the
label, and the labels also bear "P-9976" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The chicken salad was produced and packaged on Oct. 4, and distributed to retail stores in
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat the
chicken salad but return it to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
The problem was discovered through FSIS routine 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 with questions about the recall may contact Sandy Ericksen, technical services
manager, Newhart Foods, Inc., at (717) 624-4911, extension 238. Media with questions may
contact Tom Bross, president, Newhart Foods, Inc., at (717) 624-4911, extension 223.
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, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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