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March 17, 2000

B&H Foods, Inc. Recalls Certain Ruth's Spreads for Listeria

Charlotte, NC (SafetyAlerts) - B&H Foods, Inc. of , NC is voluntarily recalling Ruth's Pimento Spread, Lite Pimento Spread, Old Fashion Pimento Spread, Pimento Cheddar Spread, Hot Pimento Spread, Pimento Spread with Pickle, Deviled Egg Spread, and Cream Cheese with Pineapple and Pecan because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

All "SELL BY" dates between March 17, 2000 and June 7, 2000 are being recalled.  These products come in 7 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz., and 24 oz. clear plastic containers with the SELL BY date on the bottom of the container.  Institutional sizes of these products come in 5 lb., 10 lb., and 40 lb. white plastic containers with the "SELL BY" date stamped on the top of the container.

The sandwich spreads were distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee, through retail grocery stores and institutional establishments in these areas.

An FDA investigation revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria.  The company has ceased operations at its Chester, SC plant and has transferred production to another plant while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the contamination.

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 such as infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

Any consumers with this product on hand are urged to return it to the store for a refund.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call B&H Foods, Inc., at 704-332-4106.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers March 17, 2000.

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