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Ready-to-eat salads sold in FL, GA, SC recalled over concern about salmonella, listeria

Ready-to-eat salads sold in FL, GA, SC recalled over concern about salmonella, listeria
Posted at 3:48 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 06:47:05-04

(WTXL) - Ready-to-eat salads with steak distributed in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are being recalled due to concerns about salmonella and listeria.

GHSE, a Green Cove Springs, Florida, company, is recalling about 738 pounds of product, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release Wednesday. The product may contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria.

The recalled products were produced from Oct. 11, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018.

The products are the 15.25-oz clear clamshell packages containing "Marketside Fiesta Salad with Steak and have a use by date from Oct. 17, 2018, through Oct. 20, 2018.

The problem was discovered Oct. 15, 2018, when GHSE was notified that the corn used to make their ready-to-eat salad product was being recalled by their corn supplier due to concerns about listeria and salmonella.

No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been reported, officials said.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

In healthy people, listeria may cause short-term symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, nausea, severe headache and stiffness. Pregnant women with the infection can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

Food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial food-borne illnesses.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Most people recover without treatment. Older adults, infants and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Health officials are concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators.

Consumers who have bought these products are urged to throw them away or to return them for refunds to the places of purchase.