More than 22,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
The products were sent to retailers and distributors in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, the USDA said in a statement Tuesday.
The potential contamination was discovered by testing at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, officials said. “A traceback investigation and follow-up testing by (the Food and Drug Administration) at the facility determined there was potential cross contamination of products with Listeria monocytogenes from product contact surfaces.”
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The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has not received any reports of illnesses, the statement said.
Recalled products include several kinds of chicken salad, ham salad, barbecue beans with beef, and potato salad with bacon. They bear the establishment number EST. 13520 or P-13520 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
A full list of products can be found on the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s website.
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection. Listeriosis typically affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Other symptoms can include headache, confusion and convulsions. It can be treated with antibiotics.
OTTAWA – The public warning issued on October 5, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Reser’s Fine Foods brand Cheesy Macaroni salad, described below, because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
This product has been distributed in Walmart stores.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
The manufacturer, Reser’s Fine Foods Inc., Beaverton, Oregon, USA, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.
The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
Reser’s Fine Foods Cheesy Macaroni Salad – 1.25 kg – Code 2013 NO 02 – UPC 0 71117 61227 1
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled.
Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness.
Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.
Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.
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source: CNN by Ashley Hayes
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