Numerous ready-to-eat salads have been recalled for potentially being tainted with salmonella and listeria. ( Courtesy USDA )

(UPDATED Oct. 23) In a rare recall of foods for two types of pathogens, federal agencies are investigating the possible contamination by salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes of deli items containing processed vegetables from McCain Foods USA Inc.

The vegetables include corn, caramelized mushrooms and fire-roasted tomatoes.

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are investigating the recalls. The USDA investigates recalls when they involve meat.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalls, announced by six the FDA on Oct. 19. McCain initiated its recall Oct. 14.

Most of the recalled products contain the vegetables from McCain as ingredients used by “downstream manufacturers and sold under different labels, according to the FDA release. The agencies are asking consumers to avoid eating any of the recalled products. The list of products could grow as more food processors discover they received ingredients from McCain.

“Many of the recalled products require cooking, which if properly done, would reduce the risk of illness from Salmonella or Listeria contamination,” according to the FDA’s notice. “However, some of the products are ‘ready-to-eat’ and would not be cooked.”

The FDA requests that companies that have received the recalled product to contact the FDA recall coordinator (or the USDA for products under that agency’s scope). The FDA said companies should have information available, including: Whether the product was tested when it arrived; information about manufacturing processes; lot codes of products made with the vegetables, and cooking instructions on the packages.

The recalled products include:


Submitted by Billy B on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 08:57

I don't know if its better or not that the transparency and findings of these food safety concerns is becoming more exposed and reported. How safe is our food? Almost every day there is recall or illness case. Does this mean we are doing more to find pathogens, or are there more pathogens being found? Its kind of scary to be honest with you. Where is our safe food?