Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Simmering Soup Voluntarily Recalls Salsa & Balela Because of Possible Health Risk

By FDA.gov

Simmering Soup, Inc., Atlanta, GA is initiating a voluntary recall of the following Trader Joe’s brand of Salsa and Balela because the products contain diced onions that are the subject of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Product Description   Use-by-date    SKU #      UPC
Mild Salsa 16 ounce     08/09                082584     00285841
Balela 8 ounce             07/31                 068306     00683067

* Packaging: Translucent plastic cups, snap on lids.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products, which are packaged under the "Trader Joe’s" brand, were shipped between July 25 -26, 2012 to Trader Joe’s stores in the following states: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern region of Virginia.

None of these products have tested positive for Listeria and no illnesses have been reported to date. No other Trader Joe’s products produced at the Simmering Soup Atlanta facility are affected by this recall.

This voluntary recall was initiated when the company was notified by FreshPoint Atlanta, which uses Gills Whole Peeled Onions for further processing to produce diced onions purchased by Simmering Soup Atlanta. Listeria was found in the facility in which the Gills Whole Peeled Onions were processed.

Immediately following notification from Simmering Soup, Trader Joe’s removed products affected by this recall from store shelves and destroyed them. Simmering Soup is keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted.

Anyone who has the recalled product(s) in their possession should not consume it and should destroy, discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Simmering Soup at davidnyachuba@simmeringsoup.com or 401-225-1288, M-F 9am-5pm EST.

Link to article here.

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