Garden Fresh Foods recalls nearly 10 tons of ready-to-eat foods

Garden Fresh Foods is recalling nearly 10 tons of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Several brands fall under the umbrella of Garden Fresh Foods including, Market Pantry, Archer Farms, D’Amico and Sons, Finest Traditions, Garden Fresh and Weis. The products were distributed nationwide.

A full list of affected products can be found online: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm369696.htm

Listeria monocytogenes is the most virulent food-borne pathogen and is responsible for more than 250 deaths in the U.S. annually. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at (800) 645-3367.

Recommendations for People At-Risk for Listeriosis:

  •  Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
  • Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.
  • Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
  • Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don’t need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  • Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  • Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
  • Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40° F or lower and the freezer 0° F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.
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