Listeria concerns rapid recall of more than 400 sandwiches and other snacks

A manufacturer that supplies ready-to-eat appetizers and snacks in several states has recalled more than 400 products over fears of a possible listeria outbreak.

Breakfast sandwiches, salads, wraps, fruit cups and parfaits are among the products made by Fresh Ideation Food Group that were recalled on Friday, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Fresh Ideation Food Group is a Baltimore-based company that provides individually packaged and bulk food products to several states along the Eastern Seaboard, its website says.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News on Monday, but an automated message on its customer service line provided some details.

“During routine monitoring of our facility, we have determined that listeria may be present in the facility,” the post read. “With great caution, we have recalled all products manufactured at the time of this discovery.

The affected products have a sell-by or sell-by date of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, the post said.

They were sold in vending machines and retail outlets in Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia .

A complete list of products is available on the FDA website.

Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness commonly contracted by eating improperly processed deli meats and unpasteurized dairy products, according to the Mayo Clinic website. The bacteria rarely affects healthy adults and children, but can have serious side effects for pregnant women, their babies, immunocompromised people and adults over 65.

The Mayo Clinic advises watching for symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, or diarrhea after consuming contaminated food.

Fresh Ideation Food Group said no illnesses have been reported so far.


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