Recalls have been issued in recent days for two food products sold throughout the region.
Hy-Vee pasta salad
The Hy-Vee grocery chain has pulled one of its pasta salads off store shelves over concerns that it might be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is sold in the stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. It was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified that the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with listeria, the company said in a news release.
The salad was packaged on customer request at the stores' cold food cases. It was also sold in 16 oz. and 32 oz. clear plastic containers that have a light tan label with the product's name, weight and price on it.
Customers who bought the pasta salad between April 9 and April 27 should dispose of it or return it to a store for a refund, according to FOX 4 in Des Moines.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms in otherwise healthy people include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the federal government's food safety website.
To date, there have been no reports indicating that anyone has become ill from eating the salad.
You can call Hy-Vee customer service at 1-800-772-4098 with questions.
Hy-Vee operates stores in eight states - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. There are 17 Hy-Vee stores in Minnesota, mostly in the southern part of the state.
Good Sense pine nuts
Waymouth Farms, Inc. of New Hope, Minn., is recalling raw pine nuts sold under the Good Sense brand because of a concern over salmonella contamination. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that routine testing discovered salmonella in a 4-ounce package.
The affected pine nuts were sold in 4-ounce plastic tubs and 3-, 4- and 15-ounce zipper bags. They were also sold in bulk self-service displays at grocery stores, according to the FDA. You can get more details on the specific products in question here.
The company has stopped production of the pine nuts while it investigates the source of the contamination. No illnesses have been reported so far.
Customers who have purchased the product should return it to the store for a refund, and can call customer service at 800-527-0094 with questions.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms in otherwise healthy people include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and fever. More information is available at FoodSafety.gov.