Reser’s Fine Foods is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release.
The company, which is based in Beverton, Oreg., announced that these products are being recalled in conjunction with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A full list of products being recalled can be found on the FDA’s website.
The voluntary recall was announced Tuesday for products made in the company's Topeka, Kan., facility, according to a memo from Reser's Fine Foods President Mark Reser.
"Our greatest concern is food safety; therefore, we are acting with speed and focusing on plant sanitation, increased testing and food handling practices while we continue to investigate," Reser wrote in the memo.
The products were distributed to retailers and distributors in Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to a Kane County Health Department press release.
No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the FDA press release.
Consumers who purchased the product may take it back to the store for a refund or discard it.
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.
For more information please contact Reser’s Fine Foods Consumer Hotline 1-888-257-7913 (8am-8pm EST) or visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov.