The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, following a recall by Costa Fruit & Produce, has removed from sale Calico Bean Salad, sold on the salad bar, due to a possible health risk of listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Customers who have purchased the product between July 18 and Jul 26 should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund.
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Consumers in Massachusetts looking for additional information on the recall may call Costa Fruit & Produce at 1-800-322-1374; all other consumers may call 1-800-343-0836 or visit Costa Fruit & Produce’s website at www.freshideas.com. Customers also can call Stop & Shop customer service at 1-800-767-7772 or visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.