A Florida company is recalling ready-to-eat salads packaged under Walmart’s Marketside brand because they include recalled corn from a third-party supplier. The corn is suspected of being contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.
GHSE LLC of Green Cove Springs, FL, did not name the corn supplier in the its recall for 738 pounds of Marketside brand “Fiesta Salad with Steak.” The company shipped the salads to retailers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to a notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last night.
Several other companies have posted recalls this week citing a potentially contaminated corn ingredient from a third-party supplier. None of the recalling companies have named their corn suppliers.
“The problem was discovered on Oct. 15 when GHSE LLC received notification that the corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad product was being recalled by their corn supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns,” according to the recall notice.
The Marketside salads subject to the GHSE recall were produced between Oct. 11 and 14. They are packaged in 15.25-ounce plastic clamshells with use-by dates from Oct. 17 through 20. The salad labels have the establishment number “EST. 45781” printed inside the USDA inspection mark.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” according to the recall notice.
As of the posting of the recall notice, no one had reported confirmed illnesses. However, it can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms of Listeria infection to develop. Symptoms of Salmonella infection generally develop within 12 to 72 hours of exposure.
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of foodborne illnesses should seek medical attention and tell their doctor about the possible exposure to both bacteria. Also, people who have eaten the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms of salmonellosis and listeriosis in the coming days and weeks.
Some symptoms that are common for both types of infections are diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms and fever. Salmonella infections can also cause abdominal cramps and sometimes vomiting. Listeria infections often cause additional symptoms, including muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
Otherwise healthy adults often recover from the infections with few problems. People in high risk groups can develop severe and life-threatening infections with complications. High-risk groups include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, which includes cancer patients and HIV patients.
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 at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
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