Turkey recall due to potentially fatal Listeria monocytogenes contamination

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A turkey recall has been announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service. The recalled turkey products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the germ that can cause the potentially fatal illness listeriosis.

Listeria-infected products under recall

New Braunfels Smokehouse, a Texas-based meat processor, is recalling approximately 2,600 pounds of cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products that may be infected with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall currently includes the following products:

  • 1-pound packages of New Branufels Smokehouse Sliced Smoked Turkey labeled with package code 2210
  • 4- to 6-pound packages of New Braunfels Honey-Glazed Spiral Sliced Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Boneless Breast of Turkey with package code 2180
  • 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Boneless Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast with package code 2210
  • 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast with package codes 2180 or 2210

Each package bears the USDA mark of inspection and the number P-975.

The packages were produced on August 4, 2010, and distributed nationwide.

Listeriosis can cause a range of symptoms consumers should be aware of, including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can potentially cause miscarriage and stillbirth. People with weak immunity, such as infants, elderly people, and those with HIV infection or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can also be at high risk for suffering severe, sometimes fatal, infections.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at 1-800-537-6932.

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