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Two food recalls hit state

Posted: August 29, 2011 - 7:24pm

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reports two different recalls for food products that have been distributed in Alaska.

Vita Food Products, Inc. has issued a recall for 4-ounce, vacuum-sealed retail packages of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Triple B Corp. of Anchorage is recalling 12-ounce plastic containers of chicken Caesar salads because the included individual packets of Caesar salad dressing contain eggs, which were not included on the labeled ingredients.

The recalled salmon packages may be identified by the “sell by” date and code “DEC 15 2011 01961B,” which is centered in the window on the front of each package. This recall applies only to this specific sell-by date and code.

The salads are being recalled because the unidentified eggs can be an allergen. The recalled salads are in 12-ounce plastic containers labeled “Signature Café GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD.” Their “use by” date is Aug. 25, 2011 through Aug. 30, 2011. The dates are located on the top right corners of the packages. The recalled salads are also labeled with the establishment number “P-38458” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection.

There have been no reported cases of illness from Listeria monocytogenes or allergic reactions from the salads. However, consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

There was at least one reported case of an adverse reaction from the consumption of a similar product to the chicken Caesar salads, only that was from a product recalled by Taylor Farms, Triple B’s co-manufacturer of the recalled salads.

Anyone concerned about any reactions or health risks should contact a health care provider.

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