The Delaware Division of Public Health is advising Delawareans of a voluntary recall of refrigerated ready-to-eat products manufactured by Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. that may be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
Four school districts throughout the state, including the Capital School District and Smyrna School District, have received recalled products, however none of the districts are reporting illness associated with the recall at this time, health officials said Monday.
Dover High School is believed to be the only Capital facility to receive the product. All impacted products are in the process of being disposed of or are being returned to the distributor, health officials said.
Beebe Medical Center, based in Sussex County, also received the recalled product.
DPH staff is working with the FDA and local partners, including school food service personnel, to determine if any additional recalled product was shipped to Delaware.
The recalled product is sold in retail and food service establishments and distributed nationwide. The packages are marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20. Products affected by this recall are listed here.
According to officials with the Division of Public Health, there are no illnesses associated with these products in Delaware or elsewhere in the U.S.
Out of an abundance of caution, DPH is encouraging consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers for these products, and to discard or return them to the store where they were purchased, stated a press release put out by the Division of Public Health on Monday evening.
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman.
If you or a member of your family has consumed (or believe that you have consumed one of the recalled products) and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention.
For further information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the DPH website here.
For questions regarding the recalled products, contact Reser's Consumer Hotline at (888) 257-7913. For any questions regarding illness, contact your healthcare provider. For medical providers to report suspected cases of listeriosis associated with consumption of the recalled food, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at (800) 295-5156.