Over 1.5 tons of chicken salad product recalled amidst fear of listeria contamination

Check those Chicken Salads – Class I Recall Underway

A “Class I” Recall, classified as such by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – has been voluntarily initiated by Sally Sherman Foods due to concerns among public health officials that the products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.

The problem was discovered in the course of in-plant product sampling that yielded a positive result for Listeria. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products to date; however, cases may still be reported. According to the FDA, there is typically a substantial delay between onset of the illness and the time that illness is reported, and a four-week lab period is still within the average reporting time frame.

The establishment number “P-4400” is located inside the USDA mark of inspection on each class of recalled products, which were produced between February 2, and February 18, 2016. The potentially-contaminated products were shipped to distribution locations in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

A Call for 30 Seconds of Consumer Action (hint: all you have to do is check your fridge).

The USDA defines a Class I Recall as

a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Although there is always hope that the looming threat of contracting a deadly disease will result in increased consumer attention, a temporary change in buying and consumption patterns, or, at the very least, a quick glance through the household refrigerator or freezer to make sure there are no recalled products present, the reality is that the vast majority of consumers will never be aware that a recall occurred, much less take action on it. This complacency in the face of such dire consequences poses a continuing problem for public health officials at the highest levels.

Recalled Products:

  1. 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Spa Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-096, N-114, N-184.
  2. 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Chicken Salad All White Meat,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-044, N-114, N184.
  3. 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Deluxe Chicken Salad All White Meat,” with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-044, N-114, N184.
  4. 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Farmcrest Chicken Salad,” with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-184, N-114, N-026, N-044, N-096.
  5. 4-lb. Plastic container of Sally Sherman “Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad,” with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of, N-044, N-096 N-114, and N-184.

Consumers who purchased products subject to the recall are urged not to consume them, and are encouraged to throw the recalled product away or return it to the place of purchase.

About Listeria

Listeria can cause illness in a person who consumes a contaminated food item. Typical symptoms of a Listeria infection include muscle aches, fever,  nausea, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Please note that not all cases will display the same symptoms.