Company Orders Nationwide Recall of Stuffed Shells Due to Listeria Contamination

Garland Ventures Ltd of Garland, Texas, is voluntary recalling 1095 cases of Five Cheese Stuffed Shells trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Company officials said the recalled “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells” was distributed nationwide in a limited number of retail stores.

According to officials, the product comes in 10.76 ounces containing shells with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and parsley, and packed in aluminum foil container with clear lid marked lot# F080SS/F090SS on the bottom of the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after samples tested through certified laboratory revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells.” Garland Ventures Ltd ceased the further production and distribution of products immediately.

Consumers who have purchased 10.76-ounce trays of “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Bob Cocat anytime at 972-795-5313.

Health officials said Listeria is an organism that can cause severe 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.