Posted on October 11, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

UNFI recalls 75 cases of canned product over botulism scare

Major wholesaler says feta & olives product distributed from two DCs may have botulism

United Natural Foods Inc. said Thursday dozens of cases of Arla Apetina Marinated Feta & Olives in Oil product that were distributed to dozens of retailers from two of its distribution centers may have been exposed to temperatures above refrigeration during storage and/or distribution.

Based in Providence, R.I., the company (NYSE: UNFI), which became the nation’s largest food wholesaler after it acquired SuperValu Inc. for $2.3 billion in October 2018, said extended exposure to above-refrigerated temperatures may allow growth of bacteria such as Clostridium Botulinum to reach unsafe levels, which can cause botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

A total of 75 cases of the product, which comes in a 3.1-pound plastic package marked with UPC code 9393605697, were distributed to 69 retail customers from UNFI’s distribution centers in Greenwood, Ind., and Sarasota, Fla., between Jan. 1 and Aug. 30 to the retailers in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, and Missouri.

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