Reser’s says recall prompted by routine food check

A routine check by Canadian authorities resulted in the recall of ready to eat macaroni and cheese.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., says a recall of packaged salads produced at its plant in Topeka, Kan., was prompted by a routine check of products sold in Canada.

Spokeswoman Juli Ann Putnam said Tuesday that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found Listeria monocytogenes in some ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese and Reser’s did a voluntary recall of affected products.

Putnam says a follow-up inspection of the plant by the Food and Drug Administration and the state of Kansas determined there was a potential for cross contamination with other products, so the recall was expanded.

In all, some 450 products sold under the name of Beaverton-based Reser’s and others were recalled.

Listeria can produce fever, headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain, and can be fatal for people with weak immune systems.

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