Bacon Products Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

Listeria monocytogenes has been linked to another food recall, this time, to 2,900 pounds of diced bacon products manufactured by Jetro Cash and Carry Enterprises LLC/R.D. Food Services LP, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Jetro Cash and Carry is an importer from New York.

This action has been deemed a Class I Recall, which means this is 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.

Through routine testing on July 19, 2011, FSIS found a sample of cooked diced bacon imported from Canadian EST No. 169A, Aliments Prince, S.E.C. to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The 10-pound shipping container with 2 5-pound bags boxes containing 2 5-pound bags of “Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon” are involved.

The “Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon” has a case code of 1173, EST No. 169A, and bears the Canadian mark of inspection and a Certification Number of 406515, 406516, or 406562. The products were shipped to distribution centers in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio for further distribution to food service institutions.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which is potentially fatal. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Pregnant women are 20 times likelier to be infected with listeriosis, which can kill fetuses, causing miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Listeriosis can also prompt premature births, can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can lead to neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

For susceptible populations, infection with the Listeria pathogen can also cause significant illnesses linked to the central nervous system, including in the developing fetus. Listeriosis infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500 each year.

The initial product represented by that contaminated sample is on hold; however, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that additional product represented by the positive sample had been shipped to the United States. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products; however, it is important to note that the effects of Listeria poisoning can take some time to manifest in symptoms.

The firm’s representative, Walter Tadera, can be reached at 1.718.915.7221.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at 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. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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