From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “More than 22,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination.” This means that about 109,000 cases of ready-to-eat products were recalled.
The products in question had been sent to distributors and retailers in the states of 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, said the USDA.
Officials stated that the possibly contaminated meat was found by testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “A trace-back investigation and follow-up testing by FDA at the facility determined there was potential cross contamination of products with Listeria monocytogenes from product contact surfaces,” officials said.
So far, no illnesses have been reported to either the USDA and the FDA.
Among the products that were recalled were “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. The packages will be marked with a use-by or best buy date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20,” the FDA said.
What exactly is listeria? It’s a bacteria that can cause a dangerous infection, listeriosis. Usually, it affects the elderly, pregnant women, infants, and adults with poor immune systems. The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, achy muscles, headaches, confusion, convulsions, and occasionally gastrointestinal issues. On the upside, there is treatment for it, namely, antibiotics. If you have products in your home that have been contaminated by listeria, be sure to either bring the product back to the store, or discard it right away!