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7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham recalled for possible Listeria

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Garden Fresh Foods in Milwaukee, WI. is recalling approximately 6,694 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria.

The recalled products bear the numbers "EST. 17256" or "Est. P-17256" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were distributed to retail and food service establishments nationwide.

Packages of Weis Ham Salad, and Weis Wonder Chicken Salad, which are sold at Weis Markets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are part of the recall.

The products included in the expanded recall were produced between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, 2013. There have been no reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The company is recalling these products in addition to the 19,054 pounds of similar products that were recalled on September 25, 2013.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) conducted a food safety assessment at the Garden Fresh facility in Milwaukee after the initial recall.

Microbial testing and other findings as part of the food safety assessment indicated that additional product was contaminated.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website.

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

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: 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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