Meat Recall Hits Lansing

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

The nation's second largest poultry company, Pilgrim's Pride, is recalling more than 27 million pounds of cooked sandwich meat.

The recall happened after it's Wampler Foods Brand turkey and chicken tested positive for a strain of potentially deadly bacteria listeria.

The meat was processed at the company's plant in Franconia, Pennsylvania from May First to Oct. 11.

Sidestreets Deli on the campus of Michigan State University took Wampler brand turkey and smoked turkey off their shelves on Sunday.

The store manager says the deli lost about 80 pounds of turkey and will serve ham as an alternative.

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Listeria Precautions

People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:

  • Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry products.

  • Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.

  • Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds.)

  • Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.

  • Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined or Mexican-style cheese. You can eat hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.

  • Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk or eat foods made from it, such as unpasteurized cheese.

  • Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.

Source: http://www.fsis.usda.gov (Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Agriculture) contributed to this report.


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