The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that 380,000 pounds of deli meat used in sandwiches sold at Wal-Mart may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which can lead to “miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants,” according to CNN.
The meat was produced at Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York and has been voluntarily recalled. CNN reports that, “The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.” Wal-Mart has removed all of the affected products from its shelves, which include Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches made with Black Forest Ham, Hot Ham/Salami/Pepperoni/Peppers, Virginia Ham with Bacon/Pickles/Peppers and Angus Roast Beef.
Many of these sandwiches are described as containing meat that has been “coated with caramel color,” which makes me wonder why anyone would want to eat them. But many pregnant women crave bacon and pickles, so if you’ve purchased one of these sandwiches recently, visit your local Wal-Mart for a full refund. If you have questions about your health as a result of eating the recalled product, it goes without saying that you should see your doctor.
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