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BOSTON -- Boston Salads and Provisions Co. Inc. issued a recall for its containers of cole slaw with sell-by dates of Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a microorganism that can cause serious or fatal infections, The Associated Press reported.
The cole slaw was sold in 5-, 10- and 30-pound bulk containers and 1-pound retail containers to grocers, delis and convenience stores under the brand names Boston Salads & Provisions Co. Inc.; Dietz and Watson Inc.; and Hummel Brothers Inc. The affected products were sold in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
No illnesses have been linked to the recall, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a release, the company's president, John Zofchak, said the company's quality control system identified the possible contamination.
This recall follows a warning letter sent by the FDA to the company on Sept. 7, which noted that the agency found "serious violations" in its food safety regulations at the processing plant during three inspections over the summer. FDA spokesman told the AP that the recall was unrelated to those issues mentioned in the warning letter.
Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to infections. The microorganism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women. For healthy adults, the symptoms include fever, severe headaches, nausea and diarrhea.
Boston Salad did not immediately respond to requests for comment by the AP.