Uoriki Fresh of New Jersey is recalling its Octopus Salad sold at one Wegmans Food Market store in that state because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The store is located in Manalapan, NJ. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear.
The Octopus Salad was packaged in an 8 ounce plastic tray or sold by the pound in the seafood department with the label Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad. It was sold from December 18 – 24, 2015, and labeled with “best before” dates ranging from December 21 – 24, 2015.
If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container or return it to the store where you purchased it for a full refund. Then wash your hands carefully with soap and water, and clean out your refrigerator or anywhere the product was stored with a mild bleach solution. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing does not destroy it.
If you ate any of this recalled product, monitor yourself for the symptoms of Listeria food poisoning for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffuess, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infections can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women even though the woman may only have a mild, flu-like illness. If you do experience these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.