Major Manufacturer Discovers Listeria Contamination in Meat, Issued Health Recall
Manda Fine Meats, a manufacturer based in Baton Rouge, has issued a health recall that started with 20,000 lbs of meat, and was recently expanded to cover 468,000 lbs of their meat products.
The health recall covers the company’s ham, turkey breast, roast beef, tasso pork, ham shanks, corned beef, pastrami, and hog-head cheese. The tainted products were all produced at the company’s Baker facility. Company officials said that Manda sausage products are not affected, as those are produced at another facility.
Allegedly-tainted meats were produced between February 27th and April 9th, and have sell-by dates between May 13 and July 2. Shipments of tainted meat went to several southern states, including South Carolina.
According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the meat has been tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria bacteria cause listeriosis, an uncommon but serious disease that can cause high fever, nausea, neck stiffness, and headache. Anyone who has a weakened immune system should be especially cautious, as listeriosis can be fatal.
Manda officials expanded the health recall “out of an abundance of caution.” However, so far the company has said nothing about how the meat became tainted with Listeria.
The USDA was alerted to the problem after Tennessee Department of Agriculture officials took a Manda cooked roasted beef sample from a retail store on April 5th, and discovered that it was infested with Listeria. Additional meat samples showed contamination as well, so the problem was traced back to the manufacturer.
So far, no illnesses have been traced back to the tainted meat. However, consumers should pay attention for possible symptoms.
Manda has cooperated fully with USDA investigators. Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Josh Yarborough, Manda’s director of quality assurance and food safety at (225) 344-7636, ext. 59.
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