Meijer’s Fresh Salad Recall: Salmonella Food Poisoning Risk
A number of different fresh salads and sandwiches sold by Meijer are being recalled, after discovering that egg contained in the products tested positive for salmonella, which may cause food poisoning.
The Meijer recall was announced by the FDA on July 26, after one of its suppliers informed the company that the eggs used to make the products tested positive for salmonella contamination. To date, Meijer has not received any reports of salmonella food poisoning associated with the recalled products.
Following routine testing of their products, Prime Foods, LLC, notified Meijer that certain salads and sandwiches containing a cooked egg ingredient could be contaminated with salmonella after receiving a positive reading. Meijer and Prime Foods notified the FDA and issued a recall out of an abundance of caution.
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The recall includes 1 and 3 pound containers of Meijer Macaroni Salad, 1 and 3 pound Meijer Potato Salad Amish, Meijer Seashell Macaroni, 7 ounce containers of Meijer Sandwich Tuna Salad Wedge, 8 ounce Meijer Sandwich Egg Salad, 12 ounce Meijer Egg Salad Spread, and 12 ounce containers of Meijer Chicken Salad Spread.
The recalled egg salad and sandwich products were sold at Meijer stores from July 20, 2016 through July 25, 2016. For a full list of recalled products and corresponding UPC numbers please visit the FDA recall notice.
Salmonella food poisoning infections can cause mild to severe health consequences depending upon the individual. The bacteria may cause a healthy person to experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain whereas the young or elderly with weakened immune systems may face more severe consequences, including fatal infections. Occasionally, salmonella infections may travel through the bloodstream and produce illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella bacterium has over 2,300 serotypes that account for roughly 1.4 million food borne illnesses per year and roughly 400 fatalities annually in the United States alone.
Customers are being asked to stop using the recalled products and either dispose of them or return it to the Customer Service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. Customers with further questions may contact the grocery store at 800-543-3704.
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