Listeria Scare Causes Company to Recall 468,000 Pounds of Meat
A Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a massive recall of meat products over a potential bacterial contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have yet been reported.
The Manda Packing Company announced a recall last week for 468,000 pounds of meat due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The meats include roast beef, ham, turkey breast, ham shanks, tasso pork, hog hedges, pastrami and corned beef.
The products were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, according to the Huffington Post.
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service listed the meats under 41 different names with various "sell by" dates. The news release said some of the products may have already been sliced at retail delis, if so they may not bear packaging information.
On Sunday, Manda Packing Company posted a statement on its website recalling the meats produced at their facility in Baker, La. between Feb. 27 and April 9.
Consuming foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease, according to the USDA.
"Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis," the statement said. But the disease can be serious and sometimes fatal for those with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
"We are committed to work with USDA in reviewing and enhancing our food safety system so we can continue to ensure that our products are safe, wholesome and worthy of our brand name," Josh Yarborough, director of quality assurance for Manda, said in Saturday's statement.