(WASHINGTON) — A Louisiana meat packing company is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of meat.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Manda Packing Company is expanding a previously announced recall to include a number of its products. The products, including roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami. The food in question is at risk of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The packages in question were shipped to locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The potential danger was discovered when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture determined a sample of Manda Packing Company’s cooked roast beef had tested positive for the bacteria. Additional samples were taken and also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, prompting the expanded recall. There have not been any reports of illness caused by the products.
Consumption of food containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially deadly disease. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
The USDA urges people to wash their hands before and after handling raw meat, keep raw meat away from other food, ensure all meats are fully cooked and avoid foods containing unpasteurized milk.
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Jennifer Graham, Deseret News