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Tyson Recalls Deli Sandwiches Sold at Wal-Mart

Press Release
August 23, 2010

DENVER-Tyson Foods Inc. has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes [1], bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

The meat from Zemco Industries (a division of Tyson Foods) ┬áin Buffalo, NY, was made into “Marketside Grab and Go” pre-made sandwiches that were distributed nationwide to Wal-Mart stores, including Colorado stores. The sandwiches have expiration dates ranging from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10 and include Marketside Grab and Go Black Forest Ham, Italian Hero, Angus Roast Beef and Smoke House. The recall does not include any meat products from the self-service deli or in individual retail packages.

State health officials advise consumers who may have the product to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis [2], an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis; however, listeriosis can cause a high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, persons with HIV infection or those undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the product.

The problem was discovered after a retail sample collected in Georgia tested positive.

The following information was provided by WebMD [3]

The meat was distributed to Walmart stores across the country, where it is used to make Marketside Grab and Go deli sandwiches.

The products subject to recall include:

The recalled packages also have vendor number “398412808” on the label and the USDA mark of inspection. The deli meat products were produced between June 18 and July 2, 2010. The packages have various “Use By” dates ranging from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10, 2010.

A statement issued by Walmart says the recall involves the following half- and whole-sized Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches with a “sell by” date of Aug. 25, 2010 or before:

After learning of the voluntary recall, Walmart instructed all stores to remove the items from the shelves. Customers who have purchased any of the recalled items may contact the store for a refund.

Class 1 Recall

The USDA has flagged this as a Class I recall, which means it is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”