Deli Meat Listeria Recall: Major Listeria Outbreak in Deli Meats Leads to Recall
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reported that Manda Packing Co., which is a Baker, Louisiana meat-packer, has recalled more than 20,000 pounds of cooked roast beef deli meat, because of the possibility that it may have become contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious illness, or even death.
The products subject to the recall are stamped with a packing date of Feb. 27 and a “sell by” date of May 13, 2013. The establishment number “EST. 8746A” can be found inside the USDA’s mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail deli stores in eight states, including Texas, and include:
- Manda Natural Roast Beef
- Manda Supreme Roast Beef
- Manda Supreme Natural Roast Beef
- Four Star Roast Beef
- Four Star Cajun Roast Beef
- Cajun Prize Roast Beef
- Manda New Orleans Style Roast Beef
- Manda Whole Wet Pack Roast Beef
Illness from listeria is uncommon, but it can cause a very serious infection. It is especially dangerous to children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and to a pregnant woman’s fetus. Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. For many, the symptoms will go away after a few days. But in some, the infection can spread to the nervous system, leading to symptoms such as a headache, a stiff neck, loss of balance, confusion or even convulsions.
Pregnant women should be especially careful. Though the woman herself may feel few or no symptoms from listeria contamination, her baby could suffer severe consequences, including stillbirth or contracting a serious infection soon after birth. Symptoms of listeria infections in newborn can include disinterest in feeding, fever, irritability and vomiting.
According to Manda Packing Co., they have received no reports of illness associated with these products as yet. If you believe you may have some of these products, return them to the store immediately. If you believe you may have eaten meat that was recalled due to possible listeria contamination, and you show signs or symptoms of illness, see a doctor.
If you or someone you love has become sick, and you suspect food contamination to be the cause, you should contact a lawyer who will protect your rights. If you need to speak to a lawyer regarding food borne illness injuries, call the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm today.