April 15, 2013
Deli Meat Listeria Recall Expands
WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced an expansion of the Manda Packing Company, Baker, LA, lunchmeat recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Last week, Manda recalled approximately 20,166 pounds of cooked roast beef deli meat in eight states because of potential contamination with L. monocytogenes.
The deli meat has been sold under a number of different brand names, including Manda, Four Star, Thompsons S&W, Cajun Prize, Deli Pride, Chef Master and others, with sell-by dates beginning May 13, 2013. FSIS notes these products may have been sliced at retail delis, so they may not carry this packaging information. The products were shipped for further distribution, for sale at retail, and to retail deli stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The recall originated when a sample of cooked roast beef taken on April 5, 2013 at a retail establishment tested positive for L. monocytogenes. Additional samples of deli meat from additional production dates have indentified the presence of this pathogen. FSIS and Manda have not received any reports of illnesses associated with any these products.
Additional information including a list of products and sell-by dates can be found on the FSIS website. Those with questions about the recall should contact Josh Yarborough, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, at (225) 344-7636, ext. 59.
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