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FDA Expands Recall Of Boston-Based Company’s Salad Products

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One of the several brands listed in the recall. (USDA Photo)

One of the several brands listed in the recall. (USDA Photo)

CONCORD, N.H. – The recall of a Boston-based company’s prepared deli salads due to possible listeria contamination has been expanded to include additional products, the N.H. Department of Health and Human services reported.

On Friday, about  223,000 pounds of chicken salad products produced by Boston Salads and Provisions Company Inc. of Boston were recalled. Those products were made from Aug. 23 to Oct. 14 for sale in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for the recall of about 80,000 pounds of other salads, including seafood, shrimp, tuna, and potato salads, made for sale by early November for distribution in Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine.

“Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported related to this recall as listeriosis can be a serious infection, especially for pregnant women and seniors,” Dr. José Montero, director of public health at DHHS, said in a prepared statement Saturday. “We will continue to monitor this recall and continue our surveillance efforts for any possible cases.”

The recalled salads range in container sizes from 1 to 30 pounds sold under the brand names Boston Salads, Market Sources, Price Chopper, Dietz & Watson, Northern Haserot, Costa Fresh Fruit Ideas, and Rachael’s Gourmet.

Additional recalls are possible.

Consumers who have purchased any suspect products are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

A list of recalled products to date is available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Recall website and the FDA’s recall website.

A listeria infection can produce symptoms including fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea and vomiting, DHHS reported. If the infection spreads to the central nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics. Anyone who suspects they may have the illness should contact their health care provider, according to DHHS.

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