More than 400 ready-to-eat food products have been recalled because of possible listeria contamination.
The recalled products were sold under dozens of brand names at places where ready-to-eat products are available, including retail locations, vending machines, and transportation providers. The food items were sold in the District of Columbia and nine states on the Eastern Seaboard:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
The manufacturer, Fresh Ideation Group of Baltimore, initiated the recall after the company's environmental samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported related to the recalled products, but the organism can cause serious or sometimes fatal infections in newborns, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
The list of recalled products spans everything from bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches to butternut squash lasagna. It includes fresh fruit cups, salads, flatbread pizzas, Asian bowls, parfaits, many kinds of sandwiches, and numerous other breakfast items. The full list of products, including brand names and UPCs, can be found on the Food and Drug Administration recall website.
Though the products were sold under a number of brand names, including Dietz & Watson and Bistro to Go, all recalled products have a Fresh Creative Cuisine label or identifier on the bottom of the product label. Affected products have a sell-through or fresh-through date of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 2023.