Don't Eat the Meat

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat products distributed
    nationwide have been recalled by its New York state producer after learning
    the meats are potentially contaminated with a dangerous bacteria that can
    cause serious health problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced
    last week.

    Zemco Industries, a unit of Tyson Foods based out of Buffalo,
    N.Y., recalled the cold cuts after a retail sample collected in Georgia
    tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, according to the
    USDA.

    The products were distributed to Walmart stores, where they were
    further processed into a variety of grab-and-go sandwiches, the USDA
    announced.

    The products subject to recall include the following "Marketside
    Grab and Go Sandwiches" products:

    -- 25.5-pound cases of "Black Forest Ham with Natural Juices
    Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17800 1300

    -- 28.49-pound cases of "Hot Ham, Hard Salami, Pepperoni, Sandwich
    Peppers" with the number 17803 1300

    -- 32.67-pound cases of "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 "Angus Roast Beef Coated with Caramel
    Color" with the number 17805 1300.

    The packages also bear the vendor number "398412808," the USDA
    mark of inspection and "Est. 5222."
       
    The meat products were produced on various dates from June 18 to
    July 2, and have "Use By" dates ranging from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10.
       
    No illnesses associated with consumption of this product have been
    reported to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which conducts
    recall effectiveness checks and verifies potentially contaminated products
    have been removed from sale.

    Short-term symptoms of the bacterial infection include fever,
    headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Consumers with any
    of these symptoms should contact a physician.

    Infants, seniors and those with a weakened immune system are
    especially susceptible to a Listeria infection, which can cause serious and
    sometimes fatal complications. Pregnant women are also at risk of
    miscarriages and stillbirths if infected with the bacteria.

    Anyone at risk for contamination is advised to wash their hands
    with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw mean and poultry for
    more than 20 seconds.

    The USDA recommends that those at risk avoid eating hot dogs,
    luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless they are reheated until
    steaming hot, and recommends against consuming pate, meat spreads or
    refrigerated smoked seafood.