27 TONS of deli meats recalled for fears they are contaminated with listeria, the food poisoning virus that is deadly to the elderly and pregnant women
More than 50,000 pounds of deli meats are being recalled across the country due to possible listeria contamination.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a recall on eight products on Sunday, including popular brands like Boar’s Head and Meijer.
Products were sold in stores in the US between December 23, 2022 and January 17, 2023.
No adverse events have yet been linked to the contaminated meats, but customers who purchased products with a USDA EST.54 inspection label are encouraged to return or discard them.
The USDA has recalled more than 50,000 pounds of deli meats over concerns they were contaminated with listeria. No cases have yet been linked to the contamination (file photo)
Listeria is a bacterial infection often associated with dairy products, such as ice cream, and deli meats. It can be deadly for pregnant women, newborns and the elderly.
The potentially contaminated products were manufactured between May 23 and November 25 of last year, the USDA says in a statement.
In total, 52,914 pounds of meat were affected, the equivalent of about 26 tons.
During a routine inspection, the USDA Division of Food Safety discovered the presence of listeria on surfaces at Daniele International’s Rhode Island facility.
There have been no cases of listeria, or any other disease, even related to the contamination.
A DailyMail.com request for comment from three affected brands – Meijer, Boar’s Head and Del Duca – was not immediately returned.
Listeria can occur after a person eats food contaminated by the bacteria.
Cases are most common in foods like raw vegetables, meat, and unpasteurized milk.
In rare cases, a person can even become infected after coming into contact with a contaminated animal.
Patients who have Listeria in their intestines may experience diarrhea and vomiting, with symptoms beginning within 24 hours of capture.
But in cases where the bacteria spreads to the rest of the body, it can trigger fever, muscle aches, fatigue and headaches.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that up to a third of infected people will die from the disease in any given year, and that older people and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk. .
About 1,600 Americans are diagnosed with the disease annually. It is responsible for 260 deaths.
Recalls caused by listeria contamination are not uncommon, with the USDA, CDC, and Food and Drug Administration reporting multiple outbreaks a year.
While most cases can be treated at home with limited medical intervention, in the most severe cases the patient will be treated with antibiotics.
The infection can cause the development of meningitis, where the tissue around the spinal cord begins to swell. This is usually how the bacteria causes death.
Products included in the USDA recall
- 6 oz. plastic tray of “FREDERIK’S by meijer SPANISH STYLE charcuterie sampler tray” with expiration date 4/15/23.
- 6 oz. plastic tray of “Boar’s Head CHARCUTUERIE TRIO” with expiration date 04/13/23, 04/14/23 and 04/15/23.
- 7 ounces Plastic tray of “SALAMI PRIMO NATURAL DE GÉNOVA SIN CURAR DE COLAMECO” with expiration date 12/23/23.
- 7 ounces Plastic tray of “UNCURED SALAMI WITH PRIMO NATURAL PEPPER FROM COLAMECO” with expiration date 12/22/23, 12/30/23 and 1/17/24.
- 1 pound. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA SOPRESSATA, COPPA & GENOVA SALAMI” with expiration dates 04/13/23 and 04/14/23.
- 1 pound. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA CALABRESE, PROSCIUTTO & COPPA” with expiration date 5/6/23.
- 1 pound. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA GENOVA SALAMI, UNCURED PEPPERONI AND HARD SALAMI” with expiration date 4/5/23.
- 12 oz. Plastic tray of “Selección Gourmet SOPRESSATA, CAPOCOLLO, SALAME DURO” with expiration date 04/14/23.