Salad dressing packets in Taylor Farms’ recalled broccoli salad kits are the latest items related to a recall by Reser’s Fine Foods, Beaverton, Ore., that includes more than 450 products in the U.S. and Canada that could be contaminated with listeria.
No illnesses have been linked to any of the products. The Taylor Farms kits are under recall because the dressing packets included with them may contain listeria, according to the Food and Drug Administration recall notice.
The Reser’s recall includes more than 450 ready-to-eat products such as potato salad, coleslaw, fruit parfaits and dips. All of the recalled Reser’s products were manufactured at the company’s Topeka, Kan., plant, according to the FDA notice.
Mark Reser, president of Reser’s Fine Foods, posted a statement on the company website.
“... we are acting with speed and focusing on plant sanitation, increased testing and food handling practices while we continue to investigate,” the presiden’t statement says.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency detected listeria during a random product sampling in their country, said an agency spokeswoman. Recalls of Reser’s products began Oct. 5 in Canada.
FDA officials did not immediately confirm that they had or are investigating the Topeka salad plant, but some media reports indicated the agency has been at the facility and found possiblities for cross contamination there.
Calls to the Reser’s Topeka plant were not answered Oct. 29. Calls to Reser’s technical director Steve Loendorf were not immediately returned.
A spokeswoman at an external public relations firm representing Reser’s said she could not provide any information other than what is posted on the Reser’s website. She also would not say whether the Topeka salad plant is operating. She said Reser’s has more than one facility in Topeka, but only the salad facility is implicated in the recalls.
The Taylor Farms products are from facilities in Maryland and Tennessee and were distributed in 25 states to deli counters at 19 retail banners and to three foodservice suppliers. Details on packaging and distribution of the recalled kits are included in the FDA notice.
Initially the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported the Taylor Farms broccoli salad kits shipped only from the Maryland facility and only to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. However, the FDA notice states the Taylor Farms Tennessee also shipped the kits.
Neither the companies nor the FDA said what the source of the possible listeria contamination in the salad dressing packets used by Taylor Farms or any of the Reser’s products might be. A complete listing of the Reser’s products that have been recalled is included in the FDA’s recall notice on that company.