WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2003—LSG Sky Chefs, an Orlando, Fla., establishment, is
voluntarily recalling approximately 1,135 pounds of turkey and ham used in
chef salads that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
The salads were produced on Nov. 11 and 12, 2003
and were distributed to retail stores in Florida.
The products subject to recall are 7.7 oz. bowls
- "7 ELEVEN, CHEF SALAD, WITH TURKEY AND HAM." Each package bears the
establishment code "P-19582" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The salads produced on Nov. 11 bear the
manufacturing date code of "1111" and the expiration date code of "1112."
The products produced on Nov. 12 bear the manufacturing date code of "1112"
and the expiration date code "1113." Salads with date codes other than those
listed above are not subject to the recall.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS
Consumption of food contaminated with
Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial
foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening,
especially for infants, the frail or elderly and persons with chronic
disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common
manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever
within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache,
nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
FSIS has received no reports of illness
associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an
illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the
recall may contact Dalene Nichols, company director of corporate
communications, at 972-793-9209.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone
the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. The hotline
is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are
available 24 hours a day.
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