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Walmart supplier recalls salads due to salmonella, listeria risks

Florida-based GHSE LLC is recalling approximately 738 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient possibly contaminated with salmonella and listeria.

The recall affects 15.25-ounce packages of Marketside Fiesta Salad with Steak with a best-by date of Oct. 17 to Oct. 20 and establishment number 45781, according to an Oct. 17 notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS.

The items were produced from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14 and were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, including Walmart Inc. stores in those states.

The department said the recall was issued after GHSE received notification that the corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad product was being recalled by its supplier due to concerns of listeria and salmonella.

It comes a day after the federal agency issued a safety notice for 7-Eleven salads that were also being called back due to listeria and salmonella warnings by an undisclosed corn supplier.

The health regulator said consumption of food with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a bacterial foodborne illness that causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

Meanwhile, food contaminated with listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, the FSIS added.

The agency said there have been no confirmed cases of adverse reactions due to consumption of the affected salads. However, it is urging customers who have purchased the items not to consume them and dispose of the products or return them to their place of purchase.