Boston Salads and Provisions Co. Inc., a Boston, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 222,959 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The products were produced between Aug. 23, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013, and shipped to wholesalers for further distribution to retail locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The products subject to recall include varieties of chicken salad products under the Boston Salads, Dietz & Watson, Market Source, Northern Haserot, Price Chopper, Rachael’s Gourmet brands. The full list of products can be viewed at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/recall-061-2013-release.
Case labels or packaging may bear the sell by dates ranging from “9/13/2013” through “11/4/2013” as well as the establishment number “P-17999” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Although product included in this recall may be expired, FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in consumer or retail freezers.
The problem was discovered when the New Hampshire Department of Public Health (NHDPH) determined that two non-intact samples tested positive for Lm with matching PFGE patterns. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MADPH) was alerted to these findings and tested intact samples of product, with two testing positive for Lm with matching PFGE patterns. MADPH then alerted FSIS of the positive results.The firm’s investigation has identified a likely source of the contamination. FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners on this investigation, including the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration and theMADPH and NHDPH.
FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products.