Reser's recalls products over listeria concerns; OR/WA not affected

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Oregon-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products and refrigerated ready-to-eat salads made at a Topeka, Kan., plant.

The company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday the products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Oregon and Washington are not affected by the recall because we get products from the Reser's facility in Beaverton, Ore. However, the recalled products were shipped to retailers and distributors in 27 other states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Still, if you would like to check to make sure your food is safe, any of the Reser's products with a Use By Date or Best By Date that are followed by a plant identifier code of 20 fall under the recall.

If you have a Reser's product that is on the recall, you can take it back to the store you bought it from for a full refund. Or you can simply discard it.

If you have questions or concerns, you can call Reser's Fine Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-257-7913 (between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or visit the FDA website.

"Our greatest concern is food safety; therefore, we are acting with speed and focusing on plant sanitation, increased testing and food handling practices while we continue to investigate," said company president Mark Reser.

No illnesses have been reported at this point, but listeria is an organism that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women run the danger of having a miscarriage or still birth.

For those who are healthy, the symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.