There are several American companies with exotic names, especially if they deal with slightly unusual food items. For example, if you hear the name Uoriki Fresh, you may think that they are based out of Japan, but they are actually headquartered in Secaucus, NJ. Unfortunately, they are in the news because they have just voluntarily recalled the octopus salad they supply to Wegmans Food Market. During an internal quality control exercise, they found that a random sample of the product was contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The company does not know what led to the contamination, and they have ceased production while they work with the FDA to figure out the root cause.
The recalled product is called Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad and they are sold in 8 oz. plastic trays from the seafood section. They are also sold by the pound. Thankfully the recalled units of this product was only distributed to one Wegmans Food Market outlet in Manalapan, NJ. They were sold between December 18 through December 24, 2015. The recalled product carry best before dates that range between December 21 through December 24, 2015. There have not been any reported illnesses that were caused by the consumption of this product.
Listeria monocytogenes, more commonly known as listeria is a bacterium that causes listeriosis in humans. It can be fatal for people with weak immune systems, such as infants and senior citizens. Pregnant women can suffer from miscarriages or even stillbirths! Even among healthy adults, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Listeria occurs naturally in the soil and water. It is not known to affect bovine animals; however they do serve as a carrier for this bacterium. If the manure of these carrier animals is used as a fertilizer, then it tends to infect the crop as well. Unfortunately, this is one of the lesser known drawbacks of consuming organic food.
Listeria is usually killed during the cooking or the pasteurization process, something that several components of Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad probably never went through. Sometimes, the contamination occurs at the time of packaging as well. Uoriki Fresh have not provided us any information about the source of the contamination.
If you have consumed Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad in the recent past and are displaying any of the known symptoms of listeriosis, then you need to contact your physician right away!
It is a shame that Uoriki Fresh issued the recall after the best before date of Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad had already passed. Chances are, customers have already consumed this product or it is in the trash. Anyways, the company is urging their customers to either dispose of this product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns about the recall, you can contact the company directly at +1 (855) 934-3663, Monday through Friday between 08:00 AM and 05:00 PM (EST).