When you’re in a rush and don’t have time to gather all the ingredients to a salad, grabbing a pre-made kit might seem like a convenient and healthy idea. That is unless that salad kit comes with a little something extra – let’s say, maybe, listeria. Doesn’t sound so appetizing, now does it?
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that APPA Fine Foods has recalled approximately 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products because they might contain listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The 11-ounce clear plastic salad kits were shipped nationwide to Sam’s Club stores and sold in 6.5-pound boxes labeled “APPA Fine Foods/Sam’s Club Daily Chef Chicken Caesar Salad Kit.”
Testing of the kits found that only the chicken has the potential to be contaminated with the listeria.
So far, there have been no reports of illness associated with the kits. Listeria, which can cause fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms, is especially dangerous for those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and newborns.
Affected kits were marked with the codes 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 and with use-by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The also include the establishment number “P-21030” inside the USDA mark of inspection.