Wal-Mart Sandwich Meats Recalled

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Deli meats sold at Wal-Marts (Stock Quote: WMT) nationwide are being recalled over concerns that they are contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can lead to a potentially lethal illness, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

Zemco Industries, a food manufacturer based in Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling an estimated 380,000 pounds of deli meats distributed to Wal-Mart, where they were sold as packaged Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches.

According to the USDA, the recalled sandwich products at Wal-Mart include any of the following that were manufactured between June 18 and July 2 of this year and are set to expire between Aug. 20 and Sept. 10:

  • 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 USDA reports that there have so far been no reports of illnesses due meats from this recall. However if consumed, the bacteria could lead to fever, nausea and listeriosis, an illness that could lead to death.

Zemco is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods (Stock Quote: TSN), the largest processor of meats in the world.

This has been a particularly bad month for recalls Last week, the FDA announced that 380 million eggs would be recalled because of a salmonella outbreak, and over the weekend that number rose to more than half a billion eggs.

You can keep up with up-to-date about product recalls on MainStreet.com’s recall alerts page.

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