Zemco Industries Recalls Wal-Mart Deli Meat Due to Listeria

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Zemco Industries of Buffalo NY has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed nationwide in Wal-Mart delicatessens. A retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia was found to contain the bacteria, but no illnesses have been reported to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Wal-Mart has acted swiftly to remove all recalled deli meats from their store shelves, a representative said in a statement. The recall involves only “Marketside Grab and Go” sandwiches, not individual packages of deli meat.

The products subject to the current meat recall include:

• 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.

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The packages also bear vendor number "398412808" and the USDA mark of inspection. The meat products were produced on various dates from June 18 to July 2, 2010, and have various "Use By" dates ranging from August 20 to September 10, 2010.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Pregnant women, infants and children, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk for illness. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

The USDA offers these tips to protect against listeriosis:
• Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds.
• Wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils with hot soapy water after contact with raw meats.
• Reheat luncheon meats, hot dogs and other deli meats until hot to kill Listeria bacteria.
• Soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, and Brie have a higher risk of being contaminated. Ensure the cheese is made with pasteurized milk to minimize risk.

Consumers who have purchase Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches involved in the recall are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a refund. If you develop symptoms of listeriosis, please see your healthcare provider.

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