FDA Product News: Potentially tainted chip dips recalled due to health risk

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. T. Marzetti Veggie Dips, Oak Lake Chip Dips and Great Value Chip Dips were recalled.

Product liability lawyer alerts- Possible salmonella contamination prompts product recall; no illnesses reported as of yet.

Columbus, OH (News)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) http://www.fda.gov has announced the voluntary recall of dips produced by T. Marzetti Company, recalled as a means of protecting consumers from eating potentially contaminated foods. The product recall was announced Monday, March 1, 2010, after T. Marzetti was notified that one of the ingredients used to make the dips was recalled by its supplier, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., due to salmonella contamination.

According to the FDA, “Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.” The dips involved in the product recall were sold in plastic tubs and include T. Marzetti Veggie Dips, Oak Lake Chip Dips and Great Value Chip Dips. The UPC codes and specific product names affected by the recall include the following:

Distributed in the United States under the T. Marzetti brand name:
• T. Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, 15.5 ounce (UPC 70200 52004)
Best By dates: APR2010F, APR2810F, MAY1610F, MAY3110F, JUN0610F, JUN1410F, JUN1910F
• T. Marzetti Fat Free Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, 13 ounce (UPC 70200 52033)
Best By dates: MAY1610F, MAY3010F, JUN0810F, JUN1210F, JUN2510F
• T. Marzetti Spinach Veggie Dip, 15 ounce (UPC 70200 52059)
Best By dates: APR1910F, MAY0910F, JUN0710F

Distributed in Canada and Laredo, Texas under the T. Marzetti brand name:
• T. Marzetti Spinach Veggie Dip, Epinards, Trempette A Legumes, 340 gram (UPC 70200 58843)
Best By dates: 10AL11F, 10AL17F, 10AL24F, 10AL30F, 10MA08F, 10JN12F
• T. Marzetti Southwest Ranch Veggie Dip, Ranch style sud-ouest americain Trempette A Legumes, 340 gram (UPC 70200 58844)
Best By dates: 10AL17F, 10AL24F, 10AL30F, 10MA08F, 10JN05F, 10JN14F

Distributed in Ohio under the Oak Lake Farms brand name:
• Oak Lake Farms French Onion Chip Dip, 16 ounce (UPC 73534 43480)
Best By dates: APR2310F, JUN1110F, JUN2610F

Distributed in the United States under the Great Value brand name:
• Great Value Ranch Chip Dip, 16 ounce (UPC 78742 43099)
Best By dates: 042810F, 050810F, 052910F, 053010F, 053110F, 060410F, 060510F, 061110F

Though no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled dips, consumers have been urged to either discard the recalled dips or return them to the place of purchase to be reimbursed. T. Marzetti Co. may be contacted at (800) 427-0147 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST or online at http://www.marzetti.com, in regards to the recall.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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