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Packing Company Recalls Contaminated Meat Sold in Georgia

UnknownA Louisiana company has recalled 468,000 pounds meat, poultry and deli products due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products were distributed to various states, including Georgia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., distributor, is recalling roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami.

The FSIS confirmed the products were shipped for distribution and to deli stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Approximately eight types of meat sold under 41 different names with various “sell by” dates are listed on the recall list. Some of the meats may have been sliced at delis and may not contain packaging information. The retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website when it becomes available.

The recall stems from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture sampling the brand’s cooked roast beef from a retail store on April 5 that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Additional samples since then have also tested positive, according to the FSIS, which also said eating food contaminated with can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. The disease can be serious and sometimes fatal for those with weakened immune systems, and it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

The FSIS has not received any reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

A statement posted Saturday on Manda’s website said the recalled meats were produced between Feb. 27 and April 9.

If you have a food safety question, you can ask “Karen,” a virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov.

The recall list includes:

Roast Beef with a sell by date of May 13 – June 22, 2013; EST. 8746A
• Manda Supreme Roast Beef
• Four Star Cajun Roast Beef
• Four Star Roast Beef
• Cajun Prize Roast Beef

Read More: westcobb.patch.com

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