Listeria recall: Fresh Ideation recalls more than 400 food items

PITTSBURGH (CBS News) — More than 400 food items sold under dozens of brands names, including Bistro to Go and Fresh Creative Cuisine, have been recalled due to possible listeria contamination, according to manufacturer Fresh Ideation Food Group.

The recalled items are from Baltimore-based Fresh Ideation and were sold from Jan. 24 through Jan. 30, the company said in a statement on Friday posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The products were sold in locations including retail stores and vending machines in nine states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The states are:

  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia

All the recalled products have a Fresh Creative Cuisine label and/or an identifier at the bottom of its label with the Fresh Creative Cuisine name and a “sell-through” date from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. 

The recalled products include bacon, egg and cheddar muffins sold under the Bistro To Go, Quick & Fresh and Westin Label brands, as well as ham and Swiss paninis sold under the Bistro to Go, Fresh Creative Cuisine and Quick & Fresh brands, among hundreds of others (See here for a full list of recalled items.)

The recall was due to environmental samples testing positive for listeria, according to the statement. No illnesses have been reported.

Young children, frail or elderly people as well as those with weakened immune systems can suffer serious and sometimes fatal illnesses from listeria infections, according to the CDC. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache and stomach pain. The organism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

An estimated 1,600 Americans get listeriosis each year and about 260 die, according to the CDC.

Fresh Ideation urged consumers who purchased the recalled products to contact the company at (855) 969-3338 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information, visit the FDA’s website at this link.