A Southern California food company has reportedly recalled
nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's
Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
Sam's Club is an American chain of membership-only retail
warehouse club owned and operated by Walmart.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service
says the Daily Chef salad kits were shipped to the warehouse chain for sale in
its in-store cafes nationwide.
The affected products by Corona-based APPA Fine Foods come in 11-ounce clear
plastic containers with use-by dates through Sept. 17. However, the USDA and
the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption
of these products.
How do you get listeriosis?
The infection is caused by
consuming food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Babies
can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during
pregnancy. Although healthy persons may consume contaminated foods without
becoming ill, those at increased risk for infection can probably get
listeriosis after eating food contaminated with even a few bacteria.
Persons at risk can prevent listeria infection by
avoiding certain high-risk foods and by handling food properly. High risk foods
include ready-to-eat seafood, such as smoked fish or mussels, raw seafood
including sushi and sashimi, premixed raw vegetables including coleslaw,
precooked meats such as pate, deli meat and cooked chicken, unpasteurised milk,
soft-serve icecreams and soft cheeses like brie, camembert and ricotta. Early
symptoms of listeria infection include fever, headache, tiredness and aches and