Listeria contamination: Sandwiches and salads sold at Target recalled amid fears of potential infection

Andrew Buncombe

A food manufacturer that makes sandwiches and salads sold at one of the country’s biggest biggest retailers is recalling more than 1,000 cases amid fears of potential listeria contamination.

Elevation Foods, which produces Archer Farms-branded sandwiches and salads, said it was voluntarily recalling a series sold at Target, and Fresh Market. Target is the eighth largest retailer in the US.

The products include Freskëtbrand egg salad, tuna salad, and Thai lobster salad, along with Archer Farms devilled egg sandwiches that were produced on June 18 2019.

“Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” the company said in a statement issued by the federal food and drug administration. (FDA)

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.

“Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

It added: “We believe fewer than 1,087 cases of product have been directly shipped to retailer warehouses throughout the United States.

“No illnesses have been reported to date.”

It said the products were produced at Elevation Foods’ facility in Knoxville, Tennessee.

It added: “Elevation Foods is working with distributors and retailers to quarantine and recover any impacted product remaining on store shelves.”