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Listeria Fear Sparks Expanded Recall

15 April 2013

US - A Louisana meat company that last week initially recalled 20,166 pounds of cooked roast beef deli meat due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogens has extended the recalled to include a further 468,000 pounds of deli products.

Now the recall by Manda Packing Company of Baker Louisiana includes roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami. The products with a sell by date of 13 May also bear the USDA inspection mark but some may have been sliced at retail delis.

The products were packed on 27 February 2013 and shipped for further distribution and to retail deli stores in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Tennessee.

FSIS was alerted to the problem by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, who took an intact sample of cooked roast beef at a retail store on 5 April, which later confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall is now being expanded because of additional samples from additional production dates which returned positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

FSIS and the company say they have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

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