Check your refrigerators, freezers, and anywhere else you may have stored some meat, because there's yet another huge recall you need to know about. The products are from Manda Packing Company, and it now includes 468,000 pounds of meat.
It's being recalled due to possible bacterial contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. While there haven't been any reported illnesses, this is something you don't want to mess with. So here's what you need to know about this recall.
Products recalled include roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. You can check out a full list of the recalled products provided by the USDA, but if it goes in a sandwich, chances are pretty good that it's on the list. Packages have a "sell by" date of May 13 - June 9, 2013, and the establishment number "EST. 8746A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem is that many of these are products you'd buy at your deli, and you likely don't have that information on the bags they place meat in after slicing.
The recall was originally contained to Tennessee, but after more samples were found contaminated, the recall has been expanded to the following states as well: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
Anyone with questions about the recall is asked to call Josh Yarborough, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, at (225) 344-7636, ext. 59. I'm guessing Josh is going to be a busy guy.
As always with these recalls, I feel a mix of relief and frustration. On one hand, I find it infuriating that our food can be so dangerous, and that we see these recalls with such frequency. It makes me scared to feed my family. On the other hand, at least we do have a system in place that oftentimes (as in this case) catches potential problems and alerts us before anyone gets too sick or worse.
Do you have any of these products?
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