T. Marzetti Companyâ€”a specialty food subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporationâ€”just announced it is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of T. Marzetti Veggie Dips, Oak Lake Chip Dips, and Great Value Chip Dips because an ingredient used in the product has the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous and, sometimes, deadly <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. T. Marzetti was notified by its supplier, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., of the recall of an ingredient used in these products due to potential Salmonella contamination. T. Marzetti is working closely with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct this voluntary recall.
Salmonella, which is usually found in food and water contaminated with animal feces, is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstance, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiterâ€™s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the identified products, and no other types or varieties of flavors of products are affected by this recall.
Products subject to this recall that were distributed nationwide in the United States under the T. Marzetti brand in plastic tubs and sold in the produce section include:
â€¢ T. Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, 15.5 ounce (UPC 70200 52004);â€¨Best By dates: APR2010F, APR2810F, MAY1610F, MAY3110F, JUN0610F, JUN1410F, JUN1910F.
â€¢ T. Marzetti Fat Free Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, 13 ounce (UPC 70200 52033);â€¨Best By dates: MAY1610F, MAY3010F, JUN0810F, JUN1210F, JUN2510F.
â€¢ T. Marzetti Spinach Veggie Dip, 15 ounce (UPC 70200 52059);â€¨Best By dates: APR1910F, MAY0910F, JUN0710F.
Products subject to this recall distributed in Canada and Laredo, Texas, under the T. Marzetti brand in plastic tubs and sold in the produce section include:
â€¢ T. Marzetti Spinach Veggie Dip, Epinards, Trempette A Legumes, 340 gram (UPC 70200 58843);â€¨Best By dates: 10AL11F, 10AL17F, 10AL24F, 10AL30F, 10MA08F, 10JN12F.
â€¢ T. Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, Ranch style sud-ouest americain Trempette A Legumes, 340 gram (UPC 70200 58844);â€¨Best By dates: 10AL17F, 10AL24F, 10AL30F, 10MA08F, 10JN05F, 10JN14F.
Product subject to this recall distributed in Ohio under the Oak Lake Farms Brand in plastic tubs and sold in the refrigerated case includes:
â€¢ Oak Lake Farms French Onion Chip Dip, 16 ounce (UPC 73534 43480);â€¨Best By dates: APR2310F, JUN1110F, JUN2610F.
Product distributed in the United States under the Great Value brand in plastic tubs and sold in the refrigerated section includes:
â€¢ Great Value Ranch Chip Dip, 16 ounce (UPC 78742 43099);â€¨Best By dates: 042810F, 050810F, 052910F, 053010F, 053110F, 060410F, 060510F, 061110F.
The FDA is advising consumers who have purchased the recalled products to discard this product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact T. Marzetti Co., toll-free, at 1-800-427-0147 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or visit the companyâ€™s Website at www.marzetti.com.