Thursday, February 2, 2017

NC Company Recalls Pimento Spread for Listeria Contamination

A North Carolina company is recalling it's pimento spread after NC Department of Agriculture discovered Listeria monocytogens in a random sample.  Product was shipped to 5 different states and there have been no reported illnesses.

At this time, the company is recalling only the lot where the State found the positive sample.  As seen in so many cases where there was Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the company will need to expand the recall if the facility is found not to have good controls in place.  If the issue is related to a specific ingredient used in this specific lot, then it may be just this lot.  However, if it is a equipment contamination issue or a contaminated ingredient used in multiple products, then there may be an expansion of this recall.

FDA Recall Notice
Ruth’s Salad Charlotte NC is Recalling Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 7 oz Because of Possible Health Risk. May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017
Consumers Bill Rudisill 800-532-0409 864-616-4504


Charlotte, NC Ruth’s Salads is undertaking a recall of Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread in 7oz plastic containers. The product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Consumers who have purchased this 7 oz Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread with the Lot #16, Sell By Date 4/30/2017 are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The contamination was discovered during random testing by the NC Department of Agriculture. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-532-0409 between the hours of 7AM and 3 PM Monday-Friday. After hours, consumers may leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recalled product was distributed in grocery stores in NC, SC, GA, and parts of Virginia and Tennessee.


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