08/24/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Buffalo, NY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday, August 23, 2010, that Buffalo-based Zemco Industries recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat products. According to the press release, the meat may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that sickens those whom ingest it.
The products were deemed defective after a retail sample collected by the State of Georgia produced positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the recall.
CNN reported that the products were distributed only to Wal-Mart stores nationwide. Wal-Mart has pulled the products from their shelves.
The FDA provided the following list of recalled products:
• 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17800 1300.
• 28.49-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17803 1300.
• 32.67-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17804 1300.
• 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17805 1300.
Packages have the vendor number “398412808” and the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced between June 18 through July 2, and have various “Use By” dates that range from August 20 to September 10.
The FDA release explains, “Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract tlisteriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.”
Phone: (866) 598-1315