These food recalls are getting scary and seem to be happening more often! This time it’s for 380,000 pounds of lunch meat in sandwiches sold at Walmart. Zemoc Industries announced August 23, 2010 that the deli meat may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes! The deli meat was distributed nationwide at Walmart’s deli section under the ‘Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches’ brand name.
“The recall does not involve individual retail packages of deli meat but does impact Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches including the Ham and Swiss Sandwich, Italian Hero Sandwich, Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich, and Smokehouse Hero Sandwich. Each of these half and whole sandwiches have a sell by date of August 25, 2010 or before,” Walmart says. “We encourage customers who recently purchased this item to return it for a full refund.”
The problem was discovered as a result of a retail sample collected by the State of Georgia that confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Walmart made a statement that they immediately pulled all the sandwiches made with the possible contaminated deli meat from their shelves. However, here are the products subject to the recall just in case you may have bought one of the sandwiches during the time frame before they were pulled.
* 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 packages also are marked with vendor number “398412808” as well as the USDA stamp of inspection and “Est. 5222.” The meat products were produced on various dates from June 18 to July 2, 2010, and have various “Use By” dates ranging from August 20 to September 10, 2010. The products were distributed nationwide to the Walmart retail chains.
The recall was issued as a Class I (health risk is high). More info about the recall can be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Is anything safe anymore?