If you’ve recently purchased deli meats at Walmart – check the labels.
Zemco industries, based in Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling 380,000 pounds of deli meats sold nationwide because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced in a press release.
The recalled products sold under the name “Marketside Grab and Go” include:
— 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17800 1300.
— 28.49-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17803 1300.
— 32.67-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS" with the number 17804 1300.
— 25.5-pound cases of "Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color" with the number 17805 1300.
The meat products have "use by" dates ranging from August 20 to September 10, 2010.
So far, the agency has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. If a person does consume food contaminated with listeria, it can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. In rare cases, listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirths, as well as potentially deadly infections in people with weakened immune systems.