The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert due to concerns that poultry products from Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc., of Portland, OR, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The warning involves 8.75-oz. containers of ready-to-eat (RTE) “Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast (Rib Meat)” items that were produced from October 6, 2017 through October 10, 2017:
The product is marked: Item #20346 — “Use By” dates of: 10/12/17 through 10/16/17, and “P-39928” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The problem was discovered on October 19 when the company was notified that the broccoli products used in the kale broccoli slaw with chicken salads were included in an FDA recall for Listeria.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
The company did not issue a recall because it is believed that all of the products are no longer in stores and are past the “Best By” dates.
Even so, Listeria infections can take several months to cause symptoms. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and seizures. The symptoms are sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and other people with weakened immune systems.