Approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat products distributed nationwide have been recalled by its New York state producer after learning the meats are potentially contaminated with a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious health problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.
Zemco Industries, a unit of Tyson Foods based out of Buffalo, N.Y., recalled the cold cuts after a retail sample collected in Georgia tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, according to the USDA.
The products were distributed to Wal-Mart stores, where they were further processed into a variety of grab-and-go sandwiches, the USDA announced.
The products subject to recall include the following "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches" products:
-- 25.5-pound cases of "Black Forest Ham with Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17800 1300
-- 28.49-pound cases of "Hot Ham, Hard Salami, Pepperoni, Sandwich Peppers" with the number 17803 1300
-- 32.67-pound cases of "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 "Angus Roast Beef Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17805 1300.
The packages also bear the vendor number "398412808," the USDA mark of inspection and "Est. 5222."
The meat products were produced on various dates from June 18 to July 2, and have "Use By" dates ranging from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10.
No illnesses associated with consumption of this product have been reported to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which conducts recall effectiveness checks and verifies potentially contaminated products have been removed from sale.
Short-term symptoms of the bacterial infection include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Consumers with any of these symptoms should contact a physician.
Infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are especially susceptible to a Listeria infection, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal complications. Pregnant women are also at risk of miscarriages and stillbirths if infected with the bacteria.
Anyone at risk for contamination is advised to wash their hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for more than 20 seconds.
The USDA recommends that those at risk avoid eating hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless they are reheated until steaming hot, and recommends against consuming pate, meat spreads or refrigerated smoked seafood.