Boston Salads Recalls Cole Slaw

No illnesses reported, but possible contamination found

BOSTON -- Boston Salads is conducting a voluntary recall of its Cole Slaw Salad sold in retail deli sections because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

Products include:

Boston Salads Cole Slaw 15-oz. containers dated Nov. 8, 2006.
Boston Salads Cole Slaw in 5-lb. and 30-lb. containers dated Nov. 9, 2006. Dietz & Watson Cole Slaw 5-lb. and 10-lb. containers dated Nov, 11, 2006. Hummel Brothers Cole Slaw 5-lb. containers dated Nov. 11, 2006.

Boston Salads Cole Slaw [image-nocss] Salad is available for purchase in the deli section of select supermarkets and delicatessen and convenience stores (including White Hen Pantry stores in New England) under the Boston Salads & Provisions Co. Inc., Dietz and Watson Inc., Hummel Brothers Inc. labels in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

No illnesses have been reported related to this voluntary recall, the company said.

As part of our continuous quality control checking system at all levels of manufacturing and distribution, possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes was identified, said John A. Zofchak, president of Boston Salads & Provisions, Boston. As a rapid response to this finding, we have immediately and voluntarily recalled all Cole Slaw salad from the marketplace.

Boston Salads manufactures a variety of salads and foods under their own name and private label. No other Boston Salads are affected nor have they been involved in this recall.

Separately, state officials and Centers for Disease Control& Prevention (CDC) investigators have determined that tomatoes served in restaurants were the cause of a recent salmonella typhimurium outbreak that has sickened more than 180 people in 21 states, according to the U.S. Food& Drug Administration (FDA).

The investigation showed a peak in cases of illness in late September, which suggests that the outbreak is not ongoing. The agency believes that the tomatoes that caused the illnesses have at this point been consumed, destroyed or thrown out because they are perishable; therefore, the FDA does not believe a consumer warning about tomatoes on store shelves is warranted at this time.

The FDA said it is working closely with the states of Minnesota, Massachusetts and Connecticut, since groups of illnesses were specifically reported in these states. But all the states involved are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, said the Associated Press, andtwo cases were reported in Canada.

The salmonella cases came on the heels of an E. coli outbreak, caused by tainted spinach from California, that killed three people and sickened more than 200 others.And a 2004 outbreak--unrelated to the current situation--linked to tomatoes sold in Sheetz convenience stores sickened more than 400 people.