Safety Recall: Fresh Food Concepts Layer Dips Recalled

August 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

If you have bought a layer dip containing guacamole at Costco recently, you might want to not eat it and take it back to the store for a refund.  Fresh Food Concepts, a Buena Park, California company, has issued a voluntary recall for several of its layer dips sold through Costco, Vons, Pavillions, and other supermarkets across the US and Canada.  These dips were sold under various names: Fresh Food Concepts, Rojo’s, Delicioso, and Signature Cafe.

The problem with the layer dips is the guacamole, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Also, pregnant women can have complications, including miscarriages, if they are infected.  However, for normal, healthy adults Listeria may lead to only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Not that even those short-term symptoms sound like something I’d want to experience, so, certainly if in doubt, don’t eat it!

The possible contamination was discovered during a routine sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the imported avocado pulp used in these dips contained the Listeria bacteria.  The company has now ceased the use of avocado from that supplier.  If your dip has an expiration date of “USE BY 09/24/11″ or after, it was made with avocado from a different source and is NOT involved in this recall. No other products made by Fresh Food Concepts have been contaminated and are not subject to this recall.

List of Recalled Products:

Product Description UPC Code Use By date code
Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 32 oz
Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 15 oz
Delicioso 5 Layer Dip, 30 oz
Rojo’s Ultimate 7 Layer Dip, 36 oz
Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 16 oz
Rojo’s Supreme 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz
Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz
Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip, 44 oz
Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip, 454 g
Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 15 oz
Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 30 oz
Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 425 g
Signature Café 6 Layer Dip, 850 g
29358-11272
29358-12229
29358-12230
35196-44162
35196-44216
47502-44180
47502-44185
47502-44189
35196-44214
21130-06191
21130-06192
58200-06034
58200-06032
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before
09/16/11 and before

Consumers who have purchased a recalled product are urged to return it to the store where they purchased it for a full refund or destroy it. Consumers with questions may contact Fresh Food Concepts at 1-714-562-5000 ext 134, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT.

You can view the full recall notice through the Costco.com website.

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  1. 1 Carrie // 2011.08.22 at 10:56 am

    I bought this 6 layer dip in June. So, how am I supposed to know the exp date. And, I received blood work that showed some surprising results. Who do I speak to?

    Carrie

    • 2 Kimberly // 2011.08.23 at 4:36 am

      @Carrie – I would suggest phoning the company using the information in the post: Consumers with questions may contact Fresh Food Concepts at 1-714-562-5000 ext 134, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT.

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