Listeria investigations ongoing as recall expands - The Packer

Listeria investigations ongoing as recall expands

11/07/2013 05:52:00 PM
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Reser’s packs a wide variety of deli meat and salad products under its own brand, as well as store brands including Kroger, Safeway, Target Canada, Jewel, Aldi, Sav-A-Lot, 7-Eleven, Dillons, King Sooper, and Wal-Mart. Foodservice companies including U.S. Foodservice and Sysco also have branded products under recall because of the Reser’s situation.

Canadian officials announced the first in the series of Reser’s recalls on Oct. 5 after they got a positive result for listeria monocytogenes from a random sample of a macaroni and cheese product.

Reser’s started recalling products in the U.S. Oct. 22, reporting 109,000 cases of refrigerated, ready-to-eat products were involved. It expanded the recall Oct. 26 and Nov. 3. Several retailers have initiated secondary recalls that cover products already on the Reser’s expanded recall notice.

As the U.S. recalls expanded, the Canadian government followed with expansions.

“This additional information was identified through a recall in the U.S.,” according to a Nov. 3 notice on the CFIA website. “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.”

Reser’s employees about 4,800 people in 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico, according to information on its website. Only the Topeka, Kan., facility is involved in the recalls.

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