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More than 22,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The products were sent to retailers and distributors in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, the USDA said in a statement Tuesday.

They were also distributed in Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said. The recall covers about 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products.

The potential contamination was discovered by testing at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, officials said. “A traceback investigation and follow-up testing by FDA at the facility determined there was potential cross contamination of products with Listeria monocytogenes from product contact surfaces.”

No illnesses have been reported, according to the USDA and FDA.

Recalled products include several kinds of chicken salad, ham salad, barbecue beans with beef, and potato salad with bacon. They bear the establishment number EST. 13520 or P-13520 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The packages will be marked with a use-by or best buy date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20, the FDA said. Consumers may take the product back for a refund or discard it.

A full list of products can be found on the FDA website.

The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection. Listeriosis typically affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Other symptoms can include headache, confusion and convulsions. It can be treated with antibiotics.


    • Nathan

      Yes, because the main problem is the people that are buying the food, right? Some people can’t make a home cooked meal every night. People are busy with work, kids, sports and whatever else. Elderly people that CAN’T make home cooked meals or it isn’t cost efficient for them to cook an entire meal for one or two people, it’s their fault right? Come off your high horse, Meg.

      • Time for Change

        Most people are only busy because they’re working to have the latest and greatest of everything or the most channels to watch and/or a variety of other things. I say most because there are sensible people who work hard and realize what real necessity is vs keeping up with friends and neighbors. I’m not putting you into any category, nor do I ride a horse. Here are a few things to think about, though: people go to the doctor and get pills to get “fixed” what if it’s what you’re putting into your body that’s making you sick vs you’re a victim of a disease; what if the money you’re saving on cheap food ends up later being spent on health related costs and what if you traded the time you don’t have for something like growing your own food or traveling to a farmers market and/or using fresh ingredients. Again, I’m not being judgmental – just asking questions for thought.

  • Nathan

    If someone gets sick, can we sue the federal government, since I’m sure that this is related to the government shutdown? Will they be paying our hospital and doctors bills? Or is this just another way OUR government officials have let the public down?

    • Lindsey Morgan

      I was going to say the same about it relating to the shut down (shake my head) I guess everyone who freezes their meats out of the original pack won’t know if their meat is effected or not…. sigh…

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