Publix Super Markets Monday recalled spinach dip for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall.
The potential contamination was discovered during routine microbial testing conducted by Publix.
The recalled 16-ounce containers of prepackaged spinach dip were sold at Publix retail deli departments with a UPC of 41415-00062 and use by date of OCT 10 C1.
The spinach dip was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida. The following counties in Florida did not receive recalled product: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee.
Publix stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are not involved with this recall.
Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return it to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call the Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or visit the website www.publix.com.
Customers can also contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 147,500 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. It has 1,038 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
A current multi-state Listeria outbreak linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupes has infected at 60 and killed at least 10 people.© Food Safety News