Hale and Hearty Soups of New York is recalling about 455 pounds of ready to eat chicken chili soup that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear.
The recalled product is 6.9 pound bags containing “Chicken Chili Soup” with an “Expires:12/09” date. The product has the establishment number “P-34800” inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was produced and packaged on November 9, 2016. These items were shipped to food service distributors in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS verification testing.
If you purchased this item, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out the refrigerator or wherever the item was stored with a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of warm water to kill any remaining bacteria.
If you ate this recalled product, even if it was heated, monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include high fever, stiff neck, muscle aches, confusion, diarrhea, and nausea. Pregnant women, even though their illness may be very mild, can suffer stillbirth and miscarriage from listeriosis. If you do get sick, see your doctor.