Athertone Foods, Inc. of Richmond, CA is voluntary recalling “Best Buy” dates 9-23-13 through 11-14-13 of ready to eat salads and wraps because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.
Specific FDA regulated product information is below:
Delish Greek Style Orzo Salad (6.oz)
Delish Asian Style Noodle Salad (6. oz)
Delish Vegetarian Wrap (11.3oz) Cellophane
Classic Greek Salad (9. oz) Clam Shell
Northern CA Northern NV
Southwestern Salad Kit (20 Lbs box)
Wheat Berry Salad Kit (20 Lbs box)
The “Best Buy” dates can be located on the front of the package label.
A full investigation is currently under way in order to identify any potential source of contamination. In the meantime, all retailers have been notified to cease selling these products from Atherstone Foods, Inc.
Consumers who purchased the contaminated products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it. Consumers with questions may contact Atherstone Foods at (510) 236-8905 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm PST.