Caesar's Pasta LLC of Blackwood, New Jersey, is recalling 5,610 lbs. of frozen manicotti because it has the potential to 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.
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 frozen manicotti was sold to various foodservice distributors, distributing to restaurants in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pa., southeastern New York state, northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, markets. The product did not enter retail commerce.
The frozen manicotti was packaged in 10 lb. bulk boxes under the brand names Orefresco and Caesar's Pasta with a "Best By" date of September 28, 2024.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The product is categorized as "Not-Ready-To-Eat" and cooking instructions on the product label clearly state that product must be cooked to 160 degrees, which would effectively kill the bacteria.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program, which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria. The FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what may have caused the problem.
Each of the company's customers who received the affected product have been notified and have been provided with instructions to discard the product.