Squash included in Thanksgiving meal recalled

November 25, 2008 5:00:29 PM PST
Stop & Shop Supermarket has announced a recall that could affect customers who have purchased Thanksgiving meals from the grocery chain. Stop & Shop, one of the largest supermarket operators in the Lower Hudson Valley, said that the recall affects 24-ounce butternut squash sides. They are packaged with the chain's prepared turkey and ham holiday dinners.

Stop & Shop said that it took action after its vendor, Simmering Soup Inc., recalled the product because of "an undeclared egg allergen and quality concerns."

"The recall applies only to butternut squash that comes as part of the packaged holiday dinners and not to squash sold in the prepared foods department," Stop & Shop said in a written statement. "To date, no illnesses have been reported due to the recalled product."

Customers who have already taken their holiday meals home should throw away the two containers of squash and return to the store for a $12 refund to allow them to purchase an alternative side dish of their choice, the company said.

"Customers who have not yet picked up their meals may do so as planned - the squash will be removed, and the price of the meal will be reduced by $12," Stop & Shop added. "No other items in the meals are being recalled besides the squash, and customers are asked not to return the entire meal."

If customers have questions, they can call the company at 1-800-767-7772. The Stop & Shop call center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.