Listeria in Diced Onions Prompts Recall of More Than 13,000 Pounds of Salad

Garden Fresh Foods has pulled premade pasta, ham, and chicken salads over suspected contamination.

Check the labels on your premade salads—contaminated onions may be lurking inside. (Photo: USDA)
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The recalls just keep coming.

Diced onions contaminated with Listeria have prompted a recall of more than 13,000 pounds of pasta, ham, and chicken salads from Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Garden Fresh Foods.

The recall is voluntary, prompted by news that onions contained in the salads may be contaminated with Listeria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services said Wednesday.

Gills Onions, based in Oxnard, California, found Listeria in its processing plant in mid July. The facility was closed down, but the onions in question may be present in the Garden Fresh Foods salads.

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Thus far, no illnesses have been associated with the onions or salad. Symptoms of Listeria include headache, abdominal pain, headache, and fever and are often worse for the elderly and young children.

The salads were all produced between July 10 and July 16, and many have not yet expired. You can find the labels in question at USDA's website.

The suspect salads are listed below:

  • 8 lb. packages of "Finest Traditions Spiral Pasta and Chicken Salad" with product code 38576 and lot number 08171201
  • 4 lb. packages, 2 per case of "Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread" with product code 38886 and lot number 08201201 or 08151201
  • 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of "Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread" with product code 38892 and lot number 08201201, or 08151201
  • 8 lb. packages of "Finest Traditions Gemelli Pasta & Chicken Salad" with product code 38578 and lot number 08151201 or 08161201
  • 5 lb. packages of "Garden Fresh All White Meat Chicken Salad With Cranberries" with product code 5114 and lot number 08201201, 08201202, 08151201, or 08151202
  • 5 lb. packages of "Garden Fresh Chicken Salad" with product code 5113 and lot number 08201201, or 08171201
  • 5 lb. packages of "Garden Fresh Premium Chicken Salad" with product code 5167 and lot number 08151201, or 08121201
  • 5 lb. packages, 4 per case, of "Garden Fresh Reduced Fat Chicken Salad" with product code 5305 and lot number 08141201, or 18171201
  • 5 lb. packages of "Garden Fresh Reduced Fat Chicken Salad" with product code 5306 and lot number 08141201, or 18171201
  • 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of "Market Pantry Chicken Salad With All White Meat Chicken" with product code 24103 and lot number 08191201, 08191202, 08191203, 08191204, 08191205, 08191206, 08191207, or 08191208
  • 5 lb. packages of "Weis Ham Salad" with product code 5212 and lot number 08161201
  • 8 oz. packages, 9 per case of "Weis Ham Salad" with product code 05334 and lot number 08151202
  • 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of "Garden Fresh Chicken Salad" with product code 6164 and lot number 08171201

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