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Minnesota food distributor recalling products over listeria concerns

The USDA considers the health risk "high."

U.S. health officials are asking Minnesota and Wisconsin consumers to check their fridges for products that may be contaminated with listeria.

The items are pre-packaged, ready-to-eat salads and wraps from J&J Distributing, which is located in St. Paul. 

According to a release from the USDA's food safety service, the company discovered the problem when a third-party lab confirmed that a "product contact surface sample" tested positive for the bacteria. 

The affected items were shipped to stores in both Minnesota and Wisconsin; all of them bear the establishment number “EST. 38450” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

A list of the products included in J&J's recall is as follows:

  • 9-oz. plastic container of “COBB SALAD” on the product label.
  • 10-oz. plastic container of “Because life is delicious. tastebuds Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato Wrap” on the label.
  • 10-oz. plastic container of “Because life is delicious. tastebuds Turkey Ranch Club Wrap” on the label.
  • 10-oz. plastic container of “Because life is delicious. tastebuds Chicken Caesar Wrap” on the label.
  • 12-oz. plastic container of “Because life is delicious. tastebuds Southwest Style Chicken Salad” on the label.
  • 12-oz. plastic container of “Southwest Style Chicken Salad” on the label.

You can also see what the product labels look like by viewing this PDF. 

So far, there have been no reports of illness connected to these products, the release notes. 

Nonetheless, officials are asking people not to consume them. Anyone who may have purchased the products should either throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.

Listeria can be fatal in young children or anyone with weak immune systems. Symptoms include "fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms."

The CDC has more information about listeria, its symptoms, and treatments. 

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