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Additional products recalled in relation to decade-long outbreak of Listeria infections

The Food and Drug Administration has been notified of additional recalls for products made with or containing recalled dairy products from Rizo Lopez Foods Inc. Products from Rizo Lopez have been traced to a decade-long outbreak of Listeria infections that has sickened 26 people and killed two. For additional information about the outbreak investigation, click here.

In addition to the products listed below, items sold by Costco and Trader Joe’s and other stores have been recalled.

For photos of some of the recalled products, click here and scroll down. Recalled products include:

BrightFarms, Inc. recalled Southwest Chipotle salad kits. The product was only sold to retailers in DE, MD, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, VT, VA, and DC

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recalled the following salad kits:

Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit and Marketside Bacon Ranch Crunch Kit sold to Walmart stores in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, MA, MD, ME, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, SD, TX, VT, and WY

Ready Pac Bistro Fresh Mex Chopped Kit sold to WinCo stores in AZ and CA

Ready Pac Bistro Queso Crunch Salad Kit sold to Costco stores in CA, NV, HI

Fresh Express recalled the following salad kits:

Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit sold at retailers in AL, FL, and GA

Fresh Express Salsa! Ensalada Salad Kit sold at retailers in CA, ID, UT, WA

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. recalled Dole Chopped Kit Avocado Ranch, Dole Chop Kit Avocado Ranch (Chop Kit Ranch A L’Avocat), Dole Premium Kit Southwest Salad, Dole Cajun Ranch Chopped Kit, Dole Premium Kit Endless Summer, Dole Supreme Kit Southwest Salad (Supreme Kit Salade Du Sud-Ouest), President’s Choice Southwest Salad Kit (Sud-Ouest Kit de Salade), and Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Bacon Ranch Crunch. Recalled salad items were sold in the states of AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT, VA, WA, and WI. Additionally, these salads were distributed in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.   

Albertsons Companies recalled five Ready Meals and store-made taco kits that were available for purchase at the following banner stores: Albertsons, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Lucky, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb, and Vons in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, ID, LA, ME, MA, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, and WY.

On Feb. 8, 2024, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert for:

Amazon kitchen, CHICKEN CHILE VERDE burrito with rice, black beans & monterey jack, because they contain recalled dairy products.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalledproduct and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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