Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

October 24, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Home Made Brand Foods Inc. Recalls Tuna Salad Because of Possible Health Risk

Listeria Found in Home Made Brand Tuna Salad

Home Made Brand Foods Inc., 2 Opportunity Way, Newburyport MA 01950 is voluntarily recalling Home Made Brand Tuna Salad, in 5 lb. units with an expiration date of 10/16/05, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogeness, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Approximately 398/ 5 lbs. units were distributed through two distributors in MA, ME and NY for sale at retail stores/ deli counters.

The problem was discovered after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

As a result of the above findings, Home Made Brand Foods Inc. voluntarily withdrew all tuna salad products in 5 lb., 10 lb. and 12 oz. units with expiration dates between 10/16/05 and 11/07/05 distributed under the brand names: Home Made Brand Foods; P & C Food Markets, Inc.; and Weis Markets labels. Subsequently, samples submitted to a private lab found the voluntarily withdrawn products negative for Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased the Tuna Salad should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (978) 462-3663 Ext. 327

2005 Consumer Alerts