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, if consumed through food, can cause listeriosis, a serious and sometimes fatal infection. The disease mostly affects people who are pregnant, newborns, older adults, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Healthy people may suffer symptoms such as 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, UPC: 681131305129, Use by date: 12/27/2023–1/14/2024
– Ready Pac Bistro Queso Crunch Salad Kit (Costco), 24 oz, UPC: 077745256139, Use by date: 1/13/2024–2/18/2024