Potential Listeria Contamination: Hawaii Issues Alert for Ready Pac Foods Salad Kits Recall


Ready Pac salad kits recalled by DOH

The Hawaii Department of Health’s Food and Drug Branch issued an alert for a voluntary recall of products by Ready Pac Foods, Inc., which includes four varieties of their salad kits, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

These products are sold nationwide, including in Hawaii at Walmart and Costco. The salad kits are being recalled because they contain cheese from Rizo Lopez Foods, which were recently recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes.

As of Friday, no one has reported adverse effects from the salad kits, but the Department of Health urges anyone showing symptoms after consuming the recalled product to contact their health care provider.

Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that can cause serious illness when consumed through food. The disease mostly affects people who are pregnant, newborns, older adults, and others with weakened immune systems. If left untreated, listeriosis can lead to sepsis or meningitis. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle aches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea.

The FDB advises consumers to check the products listed and dispose of them or return them. Consumers who purchased the recalled products may contact Ready Pac Foods Consumer Affairs for additional information. The products and their use-by dates are as follows:

– Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit (Walmart), 10.3 oz

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