Uoriki Fresh, Inc. Recalls “Octopus Salad” Because of Possible Health Risk
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For Immediate Release
December 28, 2015
Wegmans Consumer Affairs
Firm Press Release
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Uoriki Fresh, Inc. (UF) of Secaucus, NJ is recalling its “Octopus Salad”, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (LA1) , an organism which 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, stiffuess, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The Octopus Salad was distributed to one Wegmans Food Market store in Manalapan, NJ, where it was packaged in an 8 oz. plastic tray or sold by the pound in the seafood department with the label Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad. Recalled product was sold from December 18 – 24, 2015 and labeled with best before dates ranging from December 21 – 24.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this incident.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by UF, which revealed the presence of LM in Wegmans Octopus Salad sold in 8oz plastic trays or sold by the pound.
The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Uoriki Fresh, Inc. continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Wegmans Octopus Salad that was sold from December 18-24 and labeled with best before dates ranging from December 21-24 are urged to return product to store or discard product.
Consumers with questions may call Wegmans Consumer Affairs at 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m EST.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm479172.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.