Ready-To-Eat Sausage, Head Cheese Products Recalled for Listeria

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Office of Animal Health and Food Safety (LDAF) just announced that Veron Foods, LLC, of Prairieville, Louisiana, is recalling approximately 500,000 pounds of “ready to eat” sausage and hog head cheese products that may be contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes.

This recall has been labeled a Class I, which means that 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. The following products are subject to recall:

• All Size Packages of Veron Hot Smoked Sausage

• All Size Packages of Veron Mild Smoked Sausage

• All Size Packages of Martin Hot Smoked Sausage

• All Size Packages of Martin Mild Smoked Sausage

• All Size Packages of Veron Andouille Sausage

• All Size Packages of Martin Andouille Sausage

• All Size Packages of Veron Hog Head Cheese

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “LA 22” inside the LDAF mark of inspection as well as date codes of 010110 through 111310 and were distributed to retail establishments and institutions within the state of Louisiana.

The problem was discovered through a food borne illness investigation that resulted in a product sample testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Veron Food LLC, can be reached at 225-622-3262.

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 miscarriages and stillbirths, and can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Infection can spread to the nervous system, resulting in high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, confusion, and convulsions.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), people at risk for Listeriosis should: Wash their hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills. Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products, and cooked foods. Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna, or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Also, at-risk person are advised by the USDA to not eat refrigerated pâté, meat spreads from a meat counter, or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don’t need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening. Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them. Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham, chicken, egg, tuna or seafood salad. Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as possible. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator; the refrigerator should be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, the freezer 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

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