Charlotte company expands recall of pimento spread to include additional products

Charlotte company expands recall of pimento spread to include additional products

By / State News / الجمعة, 10 شباط/فبراير 2017 05:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : February 9th, 2017 - B&H Foods of Charlotte has expanded its recall of Ruth’s pimento spreads to include more products that were packed at the Chester, SC plant. The products were distributed at retail supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The company launched the initial recall on Feb. 2 after a routine sample collected at a retail location by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause life-threatening illness. No illnesses have been reported to date. The company elected to expand the recall as a precaution.
“This recall is a direct result of our routine surveillance and testing of ready-to-eat products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These products are tested at our Food and Drug Protection Lab for common pathogens such as Listeria, Salmonella and E coli.”
Consumers who have purchased these productsare urged to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. All lots and sell-by dates for products labeled as “Packed by B&H Foods, Inc., Chester, SC” are being recalled. Products labeled as packed in Charlotte are not included in this recall.
The following items are being recalled: (Product; UPC Code; Size)
• Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-00005
7 oz.
• Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-12023
12 oz.
• Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-24023
24 oz.
• Ruth’s Old Fashion Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-15005
16 oz.
• Ruth’s Jalapeno Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-12014
12 oz.
• Ruth’s Lite Pimento Spread
UPC 74952-12000
12 oz.
• Ruth’s Cream Cheese w/Pineapple-Pecans
UPC 74952-12008
12 oz.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-532-0409 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The company posted on Facebook last week, "Dear customers. Once again, there has been gross misreporting as to the nature of yesterday's recall. Products produced in our Charlotte facility were NOT recalled last week. Yesterday’s recall was simply an expansion of last week’s & only dealt with products from our Chester, South Carolina facility. We apologize for any inconvenience."
The company will offer a refund to customers who purchased the recalled products.
The original recall issued February 2nd was for Ruth's  7oz "Original" Pimento Spread, Lot#16 with a Sell-By-Date of 4/30/2017.

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