What You Need to Know About the Latest Listeria Food Recalls

The recall includes multiple brands of ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, yogurt, wraps and other related products.

February 09, 2023

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On February 23, Fresh Ideation Food Group announced a voluntary recall of products potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall includes multiple brands that sell ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, yogurt, wraps and other related products. Here’s what you need to know about this recall, and what to look for in your pantry.

The Recall

Fresh Ideation Food Group, LLC located in Baltimore, Maryland is recalling products sold between January 24, 2023 and January 30, 2023 because they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated after company samples tested positive for the bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The products were distributed in various states including Connecticut, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. The recalled products were sold in retail locations, vending machines and during travel with transportation providers. There are a wide variety of products recalled under various brand names – you can find a full list here.

All recalled products have a Fresh Creative Cuisine label and/or identifier on the bottom of the label with the Fresh Creative Cuisine name, and a fresh through or sell through date ranging from January 31, 2023 through February 6, 2023.

A Second Listeria Recall

A second recall for possible Listeria contamination was announced by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on January 29, 2023. The recall was for 52,914 pounds of sausage commonly used to make charcuterie boards and sold by Daniele International, LLC. On February 3, 2023, the total pounds of recalled sausage increased to 69,255. The FSIS discovered Listeria monocytogenes on surfaces which the product came in contact with during a routine inspection. To date, there have been no confirmed illnesses reported.

The ready-to-eat sausage products were produced on various dates from May 23, 2022, through November 25, 2022, and shipped to retail locations nationwide on various dates from December 23, 2022, through January 17, 2023. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 6-ounce plastic tray of “FREDERIK’S by meijer SPANISH STYLE charcuterie sampler tray” with sell by date 4/15/23
  • 6-ounce plastic tray of “Boar’s Head CHARCUTUERIE TRIO” with sell by dates 4/13/23, 4/14/23 and 4/15/23
  • 7-ounce plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE GENOA UNCURED SALAMI” with sell by dates 12/22/23, 12/30/23 and 1/17/24
  • 7-ounce plastic tray of “COLAMECO'S PRIMO NATURALE BLACK PEPPER UNCURED SALAMI” with sell by date 12/23/23
  • 1-pound plastic tray of “DEL DUCA SOPRESSATA, COPPA & GENOA SALAMI” with sell by dates 4/13/23, 4/14/23, 5/03/23 and 5/04/23
  • 1-pound plastic tray of “DEL DUCA CALABRESE, PROSCIUTTO & COPPA” with sell by dates 5/6/23 and 5/13/23
  • 1-pound plastic tray of “DEL DUCA GENOA SALAMI, UNCURED PEPPERONI & HARD SALAMI” with use by dates 3/25/23, 3/26/23 and 5/4/23.
  • 12-ounce plastic tray of “Gourmet Selection SOPRESSATA, CAPOCOLLO, HARD SALAME” with sell by date 4/14/23

All products were labeled with “EST. 54” in the USDA mark of inspection.

What Are Listeria Monocytogenes?

Listeria monocytogenes are pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious illness and can be fatal in people with compromised immune systems like older adults, children under six years of age and people with a weakened immune system. Healthy folks may exhibit short term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is especially concerning for pregnant women as it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths, especially during the third trimester.

What Should You Do If You Find Recalled Food?

If you identify a food in your home that has been recalled, do not eat it; do not donate it to a food bank; do not feed it to your pets (they can get sick from it, too) and do not open it.

Instead, do contact the store you bought it from for a full refund; contact Fresh Ideation Food Group, LLC directly at (855) 969-3338, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET; or contact Daniele International, LLC at (401) 568-6228 or receptionist@charcuterie.com.

Be sure to toss the product out, and always wash your hands properly after handling the recalled food.

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