A lox salad sold at Costco stores in New York and New Jersey has been recalled after health inspectors found the product to be contaminated with Listeria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Friday.

Tuv Taam Salads Nova Lox Salad was recalled by Kosher First LLC after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Tuv Taam Salads Brand Nova Lox Salad is packed in a 17 oz. plastic container with a Dec. 3, 2010 sell-by code.

The salad should not be eaten.  It can be returned to the place of purchase.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-855-2207.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.