Listeria Prompts Prosciutto Recall

Imported prosciutto products are being recalled today because they may be contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes. According to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recalled prosciutto products were sold by Orlando Greco & Son Imports, a Carol Stream, Ill.

The recall involves various pound cases of “Prosciutto Boneless Casa Italia.” The products were distributed to restaurants and retailers in Illinois and Indiana.

The problem was discovered by FSIS microbiological testing of imported product resulting in a positive sample for Listeria monocytogenes. FSIS was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that the implicated product was also distributed to an Importer of Record and further distributed, thus resulting in this recall. FSIS has received no reports of illness as a result of consuming this product.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Consumers and media with questions about this recall should contact company Office Manager, Maria Spano, at (708) 436-0070.

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