Austin Hy-Vee unaffected by pasta salad listeria recall

Published 10:10 am Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Hy-Vee in Austin will be unaffected by a recent recall on Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Hy-Vee issued a recall on the pasta salad Monday, which is sold in kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. According to Hy-Vee, frozen vegetables used to make the salad were potentially contaminated with bacteria called listeria monocytogenes.

Yet the Austin Hy-Vee doesn’t carry that kind of pasta salad, according to General Manager Todd Hepler.

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Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 1- or 2-pound clear, plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product would have been available in a limited number of stores between April 9 and April 27.

Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

To date, Hy-Vee has not received any complaints associated with the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.