286,000 Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled by N.Y. Company

A New York food company is recalling more than 286,000 pounds of meat and poultry because it might be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

The possibly tainted items might be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The voluntary recall includes several different brands of fresh and frozen products made by Gourmet Boutique, the USDA said.

Included are some types of chicken salad and sandwiches sold under the name Gourmet Boutique, and several frozen wraps and burritos sold under the names ''Jan's'' and ``Archer Farms.'' Archer Farms products are carried by Target Corp.

In March, the same company recalled about 7,000 pounds of products due to listeria fears.

The problem was discovered through sampling by federal food safety inspectors and Florida agriculture officials, the USDA said.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the recalled foods so far, but the bacteria can potentially cause Listeriosis, an illness that can cause high fever, headache and nausea.

People with depressed immune systems could also suffer a fatal infection.

Gourmet Boutique said in a recorded phone message that it had made ''environmental changes'' at its plants to prevent a repeat of the problem.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Gourmet Boutique's recall hotline at 347-887-0083.

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