Tyson's Zemco recalls 380,000 lbs. of deli meat

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Zemco Industries, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, is recalling approximately 380,000 lbs. of deli roast beef and ham that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated after a sample of roast beef analyzed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture tested positive for the pathogen.

Although there have been no illnesses reported or associated with any of the affected products, Zemco is conducting the voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. It is believed that most of the affected products, which were produced between June 18 and July 2, have already been consumed. Only one company, Walmart, received the recalled deli meats. Walmart officials have been contacted by the company and instructed its stores to remove the products from shelves and is destroying any remaining products still in its possession.

No individual retail packages of deli meat nor any meat purchased at the deli counter are involved in the recall; the recalled products include roast beef and ham used in four types of half and whole Marketside Grab and Go deli sandwiches. Suspect product includes Marketside Ham and Swiss Sandwiches, Italian Hero Sandwiches, Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches and Smokehouse Hero Sandwiches.

Ingredients that inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes are included in the meat products included in the recall, according to a Tyson news release.

A review of operations at the Buffalo plant has been conducted to ensure all food-safety protocols are being followed and that meat produced there is safe for consumption, according to Tyson.
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