Bacon, Layer Dip Products Recalled For Listeria

Bacon and Avocado Dip products have been recalled for potential Listeria moncytogenes contamination. Consumption of food contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which is potentially fatal. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, and nausea, and can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. For susceptible people, listeriosis can cause significant illnesses linked to the central nervous system, including in the developing fetus. Listeriosis infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500 annually.

Listeria poisoning is of particular concern to pregnant women, who are 20 times likelier to be infected with listeriosis, which can kill fetuses, causing miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Listeriosis can also prompt premature births, can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can prompt neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

Aliments Prince, S.E.C., of Ontario, Canada

About 380,000 pounds of diced bacon products are being recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. This is a Class I recall, which means this recall is a health hazard situation in which there exists a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Routine FSIS testing conducted July 19, 2011, revealed a sample of cooked diced bacon imported from Aliments Prince, S.E.C. was positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The initial product from which that sample was derived, was refused entry. A comprehensive probe by Ailments Prince and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency into the cause of the Listeria finding led to the recall of all precooked bacon products from Ailments Prince.

The following products are recalled; all were packed in a 10-pound shipping container. All production dates prior to August 10, 2011 are involved; labels on the shipping containers bear “EST No. 169A” and “Product of Canada.” The products were shipped to distribution centers in the U.S. for further distribution to food service institutions:

• Two 5-pound packages of “Napoli Cooked Bacon Topping”; case code 83600

• Two 5-pound packages of “Stefano Brand Cooked Diced Bacon”; case code 83601

• Two 5-pound packages of “Bellissimo Cooked Diced Bacon”; case code 83602

• Two 5-pound packages of “Olymel Cooked Diced Bacon”; case code 83603

• Two 5-pound packages of “Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon”; case code 83608

Aliments Prince, S.E.C. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.361.5800. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, (ET). The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park, California

Various Layer Dip products containing guacamole are being recalled. The product was distributed nationwide and Canada through retail supermarkets and club stores. According to the recall notice, all products bear a Use By date of “09/16/11 and before”; products with expiration dates Use By 09/24/11 and after are made with avocado from a different source and are not involved in this recall. No other Fresh Food Concepts are involved:

• Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 32 oz; UPC 29358-11272

• Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 15 oz; UPC 29358-12229

• Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 30 oz; UPC 29358-12230

• Rojo’s Ultimate 7 Layer Dip, 36 oz; UPC 35196-44162

• Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 16 oz; UPC 35196-44216

• Rojo’s Supreme 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz; UPC 47502-44180

• Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz; UPC 47502-44185

• Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz; UPC 47502-44189

• Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 454 g; UPC 35196-44214

• Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 15 oz; UPC 21130-06191

• Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 30 oz; UPC 21130-06192

• Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 425 g; UPC 58200-06034

• Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 850 g; UPC 58200-06032

This recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA, which revealed that the imported avocado pulp used in these products contained the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The company stopped using avocado from the supplier. Consumers who purchased the recalled product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or to destroy it. Fresh Foods Concepts can be reached at 1.714.562.5000 ext 134, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

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