Butterfield Foods of Indiana is recalling 15,966 pounds of broccoli salad dressing that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear.
You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. The products were produced on different dates between November 10, 2015 and May 25, 2016. They include Broccoli Salad Kits in many different sizes. the products have the establishment number “EST. 6945” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products all have sell-by dates from December 10, 2015 through June 23, 2016. They were shipped to retail locations in Indiana and Ohio and used to make prepared salad products sold to consumers at grocery delicatessens. This is a secondary recall of the recall of SunOpta sunflower kernels for possible Listeria contamination.
If you purchased any broccoli salad products from a deli in Indiana or Ohio, do not eat it. If you aren’t sure, check with the store where you shop. Throw the salads away or return them to the store where you bought them for a refund. Then clean out the refrigerator or wherever you stored the salad with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria.
If you ate any of the recalled products, monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include severe headache, fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and diarrhea. If you do get sick, especially if you are pregnant or in a high risk group, see your doctor.