A Walmart brand ready-to-eat salad has been recalled in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination in the corn.
About 738 pounds of …
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About 738 pounds of Markestside Fiesta Salad with Steak meals in 15.25-ounce clear plastic clamshell packages with use-by dates between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20 are being recalled by GHSE LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Florida, establishment, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The salads were produced between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 and have the establishment number "EST. 45781" inside the USDA mark of inspection, the federal agency said in a news release.
The recall is being considered a Class I high risk, which, according to USDA recall classifications, means there is a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
The problem was discovered on Oct. 15 when the Florida company was notified the corn used in the salads was being recalled by the corn supplier due to concerns there may be listeria monocytogenes and salmonella in the food.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from eating the salads. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider, the FSIS says.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them and instead throw them away or return them to the store where they were bought.
Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food-borne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever 12-72 hours after eating the contaminated product, according to the FSIS. The illness usually lasts four-seven days.
Most people recover without treatment. In some, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, people outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
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 in older adults and people with weakened immune systems can occur.
Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. People in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell their health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Shelby Chih, supply chain quality manager for Renaissance Food Group, at (916) 638-8825.
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