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The Manda Packing Company has recently recalled nearly 500,000 pounds of meat. Recent reports indicate that the recall is due to a possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes.
Although there have been no reported cases of illness stemming from the potentially contaminated meat, Listeria is a very serious infection. Anyone who believes they may have purchased meat from the Manda Packing Company should be sure to check their refrigerators and freezers for contaminated products.
Meats involved in the recall include roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. Potentially contaminated meats have a sell by date between May 13 and June 9, 2013, as well as an establishment number of "EST. 8746A." A full list of recalled products, provided by the USDA, is available online.
This recall has proved problematic, because many of the meats involved in the recall were sold at deli counters, were customers do not receive the sell by date and establishment number of a product after they make a purchase. If you have any questions concerning the recall, call Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety Josh Yarborough at (225) 344-7636, ext. 59.