NY GOURMET SALADS INC. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling 60 lbs. of its 5 lb. tubs of CHICK PEA SALAD because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals 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.
NY Gourmet Salads had already contacted their customers today and has retrieved 40 lbs of the distributed product.
The Chick Pea Salad was distributed in the New York City area to wholesale distributors and retail food stores.
The product is packaged in 5 lb. hard plastic containers with a white adhesive label and black lettering with “EXP. Date: 04/07/10”.
There have been no confirmed illnesses to date.
This recall is the result of sampling of the Chick Pea Salad by the US Food and Drug Administration. A sample of the product revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. As a precaution, the company is recalling all 5 lb. tubs of Chick Pea Salad bearing EXP Date 4/07/10. No other date codes are being recalled at this time.
Consumers who have purchased Chick Pea Salad with EXP Date 04/07/10 should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact the company at (718) 765-0082, Monday – Friday from 9 am -4 pm EDT.