Reser’s Fine Foods first issued the recall on Oct. 22 and expanded it on Oct. 26. The first two recalls included such ready-to-eat products as potato and pasta salads as well as various dips, spreads and slaws.
Reser’s said in a statement that production at the plant was suspended on Oct. 25 and all equipment was dismantled in order to be sanitized. The company also has embarked on a retraining program for its employees, contactors and other personnel.
The Listeria problem was discovered through microbiological testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A trace-back investigation and follow-up testing by the Food and Drug Administration at the plant determined there was potential cross-contamination of products with Listeria from product contact surfaces.
No reports of illnesses due to consumption of food products manufactured at the Topeka plant have been received. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the third expansion of the recall was initiated by Reser’s Fine Foods out of an abundance of caution.