Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens, Inc. issued today a voluntary product recall of certain potato salad products packaged under a variety of labels. The affected products may contain Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious or sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Only potato salad products with the expiration dates from October 3 to October 25 are covered in the precautionary recall; no other Mrs. Crockett's products are affected. The Company has received no complaints or reports of illness associated with the products and has retained an independent scientific consulting firm to conduct a complete review of the manufacturing facility. Normal production of potato salad products will be restarted soon once corrective actions are completed.

The affected products were distributed in 37 U.S. states -- and, through one distributor, in Mexico -- to several grocery store chains and other outlets under a variety of labels. (A complete list is attached)

At the retail level, potato salads are packed in portion-pak and in one-, two- and three-pound plastic containers with an expiration date between October 3 to October 25 under a number of brands. At the wholesale and distributor level, the recall includes certain potato salads packed in five- and ten-pound bulk containers with expiration dates between October 3 and October 25.

Consumers are asked to either dispose of the potato salad or return it to the retailer where it was purchased. Consumers who are uncertain about the source of their deli or restaurant potato salad should ask the restaurant or deli for the brand name. A complete listing of the affected products is available by calling a special consumer line at 1-888-578-7707 or by Internet website @

                              AFFECTED PRODUCTS
ONLY Expiration Dates Between October 3 through October 25

Brand/Product Distribution
Ben E. Keith Brand/all potato salads Southwest U.S.
Block & Barrel Red Royal Potato Salad Southeast, Northeast,
Midwest U.S.
Brookshire Brothers Gourmet Potato East Texas, Louisiana
Salad with Egg, Mustard Potato Salad,
Deli Mustard Potato Salad
Deli Fresh/all potato salads Texas, Louisiana
Deli Mates/Diced Potato Salad, Only Save-A-Lot stores in
Mustard Potato Salad, 2-pound Georgia, North Carolina,
containers only South Carolina, Texas and
GFS Southern Potato Salad, Red Potato North Central U.S.
Salad with Herbs, Chunky Red Potato Salad
Hill Country Fare/all potato salads With expiration dates of
October 3 through October 13
only, in Texas and Mexico
Kitchen Cafe/potato salads Southeast and Southwest U.S.
Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens/Mr. Ghatti's Southwest U.S.
potato salad products
Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens/Piccadilly Some locations Southeast U.S.
Potato Salad
Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens/Wendy's Some locations nationally
Red Bliss Potato Salad and Southern
Potato Salad
Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens-brand potato 37 U.S. states, Mexico
Orval Kent Red Royale Potato Salad Retail delis, Mid-Atlantic
and Classic Potato Salad, 5-pound U.S., only food service
containers east of the Rockies only
Orval Kent Three Potato Salad Retail delis, Mid-Atlantic
U.S. and food service east
of the Rockies only
Remarkable/potato salads Texas
Schnucks Mustard Potato Salad, Mayo Midwest
Potato Salad, Red Potato Salad
Signature Brand/Natural Potato and Herb East of the Rockies
Simply Delicious/all potato salads 37 U.S. states, Mexico
Sysco Brand Diced Mustard Potato Salad, Virginia, east of Richmond
Choice Potato Salad