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Harris Teeter removes 2 types of salads from shelves

Two types of salad might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the maker of the salads announced in a voluntary recall Saturday.

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MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter ordered two types of Fresh Foods Market deli salads to be removed from its shelves after the salad maker issued a voluntary recall for a possible Listeria contamination Saturday.

The affected items are the 6-pound Sezchaun Chicken Salad and the Honey, Fruit and Nut Chicken Salad. Each package has “P-18799” written inside the USDA inspection mark and a sell by or best before date between May 2 and 7.

Customers can return those products to their local Harris Teeter store and be reimbursed double the cost of the salads.

The maker of the products, Jamaica, N.Y.-based Gourmet Boutiques, announced a recall of 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry products that might be contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The salads were prepared between April 19 and 24.

To see a full list of the recalled products, click here.

The federal Food Safety and Inspection Service has received no reports of illnesses associated with this recall.

The problem was discovered through microbiological sampling by FSIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Listeria is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease, whose symptoms are high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

For more information about the recall, customers can call Gourmet Boutique's hot line at 1-347-887-0083.

Gourmet Boutiques voluntarily recalled 6,970 pounds of meat and poultry products, also for a possible Listeria contamination, on March 4. That recall did not affect products sold in North Carolina.