Although the supplier was not named by the government, it appears that another product made with french toast produced at a Pinnacle Foods Inc. plant have sparked another recall because of Listeria monocytogenes.
Kabob’s Acquisition Inc., of Lake City, GA, is recalling almost 6,000 pounds of “Kabobs Monte Cristo Turkey Breast, Ham And Cheese Sandwich” bulk cases because the french toast could be contaminated with the deadly pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.
Pinnacle Foods Inc. recalled numerous frozen breakfast produces under the Aunt Jemima and Hungry Man labels in recent days because testing showed Listeria monocytogenes in its Jackson, TN, production plant.
The recalled Kabob’s turkey and ham products listed in a recall notice on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website reports the sandwiches “included a non-meat ingredient that was recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes.” The products were produced from May 1, 2014, through Feb. 1 this year.
To identify whether products are included in this recall, check for the following label information — 13.25-lb. bulk cases containing 200 “Kabobs Monte Cristo Turkey Breast, Ham And Cheese Sandwich” in shrink wrapped plastic trays and bearing case codes: PM14E27, PM14H14, PM14J10, PM14E01, PM14E12, PM14E13, PM15C26, PM15E06, PM15G23, PM14L18, PM15A08, PM15C26, PM15K20, PM16B08, PM16B09, PM16F22, PM16F24, and PM17B01.
“The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-6640” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional locations in Georgia and South Carolina,” according to the recall notice.
“The problem was discovered when Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc., was notified by their french toast ingredient supplier, that the french toast used in the sandwich products was recalled due to potential Lm contamination. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.
People who have eaten the recalled products but are not sick should monitor themselves for symptoms of Listeria infection for the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days for symptoms to develop following exposure.
Listeria monocytogenes is a microscopic organism that can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
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