Chick Pea Salad Sold In New York City Recalled For Listeria

NY Gourmet Salads Inc. of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling its Chick Pea Salad because of the salad’s potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"">Listeria pathogen, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recall involves sixty pounds of its five-pound tubs of Chick Pea Salad because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. NY Gourmet Salads has contacted its customers and has retrieved forty pounds of the distributed, recalled product.

The recalled NY Gourmet Salads Inc. Chick Pea Salad was distributed in the New York City area to wholesale distributors and retail food stores.

The product is packaged in five-pound hard plastic containers with a white adhesive label and black lettering with “EXP. Date: 04/07/10.” To date, no illnesses have been confirmed; however, it is important to note that the effects of food borne contaminants are not always immediately identifiable.

This recall is the result of sampling of the Chick Pea Salad by the FDA. A sample of the product revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. As a precaution, the company is recalling all five-pound 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 through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

Listeriosis, the food borne disease caused by the Listeria pathogen, is dangerous and can be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.

Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

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