15,000+ Lbs of Deli Meat Recalled for Listeria

Rose & Shore Meat Company of Vernon, California is recalling approximately 15,900 pounds of ready-to-eat deli meat products that may be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The recall is a Class I, which means this represents a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The products subject to recall include:

• 40 to 50 pound boxes containing packages of “OLYMPIC GOLD BEEF PASTRAMI”: Lot number “20911,” pack date “04-05-11″ (outside the box); each package bears lot number “20911” and lot code “10951.”

• 40 to 50 pound boxes containing packages of “ROSE AND SHORE N.Y. STYLE PASTRAMI”: Lot number “20911,” pack date “04-05-11″, and “29 N.Y.” case code (outside each box. Each package bears lot number “20911” and lot code “10951.”

• 9 to 13 pound boxes containing “COOKED ANGUS ROAST BEEF”: Lot number “20941” and use by date of “05-17-11.” Each package bears lot number “20941” and a use by date of “05-17-11.”

• 24 to 30 pound boxes containing packages of “TOGO’S PASTRAMI”: Lot number “20911”, pack date “04-05-11,” use by date of “05-23-11″ (outside each box); each package bears lot number “20911” and use by date of “05-23-11.”

Each box bears EST. 1821 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on April 5, 2011, and sent to distribution centers in California for further distribution to food service establishments in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. There were no retail sales.

The problem was discovered after Rose & Shore Meat tested product at the request of a commercial customer after receiving a consumer complaint. FSIS has received no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this recalled product.

For susceptible populations, infection with the
Listeria pathogen can cause significant illnesses linked to the central nervous system, the developing fetus, and placenta. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne Illness that infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500 each year. Listeriosis symptoms are high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramps and pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are 20 times likelier to be infected and Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can prompt neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

Rose & Shore Meat’s vice president, Larry Vanden Bos, can be reached at 1.323.826.2133, extension 110. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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