Three Ready Pac Foods Inc. establishments, located in Swedesboro, New Jersey, in Jackson, Georgia, and the headquarters establishment in Irwindale, California, are recalling nearly 59,225 pounds of one variety of chicken salad product that may be adulterated with listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Feb. 24.

The Puro Picante Blazin’ Hot salad items were produced between Jan. 17 and Feb. 17.

Recalled were 7.5-ounces single serve salad bowl packages of “Ready Pac Foods Puro Picante Blazin Hot” with “use by” dates of Jan. 31 through March 4.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number P-27497, P-32081 or P-18502B inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered Feb. 21 when the firm received notification from the cheese supplier that the cheese ingredient utilized in the chicken salad products was included in an expanded cheese recall due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some of this recalled product may be in consumers' refrigerators.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.