Possible Listeria Contamination of Dressing in Broccoli Salad Kits

TODAY, October 25, 2013, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Taylor Farms, a Jessup, MD establishment is recalling approximately 5,084 pounds of broccoli salad kit products. The kits contain salad dressing in packets that are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

California Ag Today emphasizes the recall is for the salad dressing in the salad kit, not the broccoli.

The salad kits were shipped to distributors and retail locations (delis) for consumer purchase in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. Two different – sized boxes of Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch With Bacon And Dressing are subject to recall.

FSIS, FDA and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at

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