Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. of Albany, OR, has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. In cooperation with Costco, the company issued the recall after determining that the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and U.S. mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. The affected product was also removed from Costco stores.
The company says that any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit currently available for purchase has been tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. are affected.
Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit is sold in a red-and-white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who have purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with the following “Best Before Dates,” listed on the upper-left corner of the front panel of the case, are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 – MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 – MAR112015)
No illnesses have been reported, but due to the time required to trace an illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say if any illnesses have occurred.
Cases of the potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.
Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. is issuing the recall as a proactive safety precaution. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.© Food Safety News