FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Slaw Salad with Chicken Product Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Consumption of food contaminated with listeria can lead to listeriosis, a serious infection
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns that Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast produced by Mary's Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
FSIS says that a product recall was not requested in this case because it is believed that all of the product in question is no longer in commerce and is past its 'Use By' dates.
The affected ready-to-eat Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad product was produced from October 6, 2017 through October 10, 2017.
The following product is subject to the public health alert: 8.75-oz. containers of Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast with an item number of 20346 and a 'Use By' date ranging from 10/12/17 to 10/16/17.
The impacted products all bear the establishment number P-39928 inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon and Washington.
The problem was discovered on October 19, 2017 when Mary's Harvest Fresh Foods received notification from their broccoli supplier that the broccoli products used in the kale & broccoli slaw with chicken were included in a U.S. Food & Drug Administration recall due to the potential for listeria contamination.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, to date. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
Risks of listeria
Consumption of food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
Consumers who have any of the kale & broccoli slaw with chicken are urged not to consume it. The product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers with food safety questions can Ask Karen, the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov.