Members of our community may have read recent reports or seen media coverage regarding a voluntary recall of multiple food products produced by a company called Reser’s Fine Foods. According to news reports, the voluntary recall involved a number of ready-to-eat refrigerated food products (potato salad, coleslaw, salsa, etc.) distributed across the country and widely sold at stores like Target, Walmart and Safeway. The products were recalled out of concern for possible contamination with Listeria, a bacteria that tends to cause mild symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and/or gastrointestinal symptoms and is generally treated with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, immune-compromised individuals and pregnant women may be at higher risk for more serious complications related to exposure to Listeria. While there have been no confirmed illnesses linked to any of the recalled products, if you have affected products in your home, you are advised to dispose of them promptly. Here is a link to the FDA recall information http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm371955.htm.
Calvert Memorial Hospital purchased coleslaw from this distributor and we have learned that coleslaw products on the recall list were served in the Calvert Memorial Hospital cafeteria on October 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27. In addition, this same coleslaw product was delivered to Calvert County Meals on Wheels participants; the North Beach, Calvert Pines and Southern Pines Senior Centers; and the Calvert County and Friendly Adult Day Care Centers on October 25.
We have collaborated with the Health Department to alert individuals who we believe may have consumed the coleslaw distributed to the locations mentioned above. If you have any questions or concerns please call the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400 ext. 334.