Prepared salads recalled for listeria risk

The Rhode Island Department of Health told consumers Monday to avoid some ready-to-eat salads made by Boston Salads and Prepared Foods, based in Boston.

The salads may be contaminated with Listeria, health officials said. They were distributed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont.

The recalled items include seafood and shrimp salad, Chef's Recipe potato salad, seafood salad, tuna salad and shrimp salad manufactured by Boston Salads and Prepared Foods. They were sold under the names Boston Salads, Rachael's Gourmet and Dietz and Watson. The recalled garden tuna salad bears the Costa Fruit Fresh Ideas label.

A complete list of sizes and sell-by dates included the recall are listed on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

No illnesses or complaints were reported.

Listeria can serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

The health department said short-term symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled salads can return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions can call Boston Salads at 617-541-9046 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.