Ruth’s Salads issued a limited recall on pimento spread which they expanded afterwards to include more sizes and flavors. The recall was prompted after the health inspectors performed random tests and found that the cheese product contained Listeria monocytogenes.
They announced the recall on Thursday on the Food and Drug Administration website. They did not reveal if the officials had found the pathogen in the production facilities or in the finished products.
Initially, Ruth’s Salads recalled a single lot of 7-ounce containers of original pimento spread. This happened on February 2nd and was issued only in five states. Now, the recall expanded to all lots of seven products from the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
So far, there have been no reports of Listeria cases related to the consumption of Ruth’s Salads products. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people that it might take up to 70 days since the exposure until the presence of any symptoms.
If you have purchased any Ruth’s Salads products, you can check their packaging to see if they are infected with Listeria. The labels on their plastic containers must read “Packed by B&H Foods, Inc., Chester, SC”.
Also, all the recalled products are the following: the original pimento spreads of 7-ounce, 12-ounce, and 24-ounce, the 16-ounce old fashion pimento spread, the 12-ounce jalapeno pimento spread, the 12-ounce lite pimento spread, and the 12-ounce cream cheese with pineapple pecans.
The producers urge all people who have purchased these products to return them to the places where they have purchased them from to get a full refund. Also, they warn the customers that only the products packed in Chester, SC, are affected by the recall. Those packed in Charlotte, NC, are perfectly fine for consumption.
Listeria monocytogenes are microscopic organisms that can cause serious and even fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems, children, and elderly people. The symptoms include high fever, nausea, stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths if it is contracted by pregnant women.
All who consumed the recalled products and experienced Listeria symptoms are should seek medical assistance immediately and inform their doctors that they might have been exposed to the pathogen.
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