FSIS expands Garden Fresh recall

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Milwaukee, Wis.-based Garden Fresh Foods is recalling an additional 6,694 lbs. of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products on concerns the items may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service reported Oct. 17. The recalled products are in addition to the 19,054 lbs. recalled on Sept. 25.

The affected products bear the establishment number “EST. 17256” or “Est. P-17256” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were distributed to retail and food service establishments nationwide, FSIS said.

FSIS conducted a food-safety assessment at Garden Fresh after the initial recall. Microbial testing and other findings indicated that additional product was contaminated. The agency said products included in the expanded recall were produced between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, 2013. There have been no reports of illness associated with the recalled products.

Garden Fresh Foods is a national supplier and distributor of ready-to-eat products to grocery chains, restaurants, health care facilities and institutions. Some of the recalled items included "Market Pantry" and "Archer Farms" brand products sold at Target stores.
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