Listeria fears prompt recall of diced bacon

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Aliments Prince, S.E.C., Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 380,000 lbs. of diced bacon products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Aug. 12. FSIS found a sample of cooked diced bacon imported from the company to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes through routine testing on July 19.

The initial product represented by that sample was refused entry. An in-depth investigation by the firm and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency into the cause of the Listeria monocytogenes finding resulted in a recall of all precooked bacon products from the company. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Products subject to recall include 10-lb. shipping container with two 5-lb. packages of Napoli Cooked Bacon Topping that bear the case code 83600; 10-lb. shipping container with two 5-lb. packages of Stefano Brand Cooked Diced Bacon that bear the case code 83601; 10-lb. shipping container with two 5-lb. packages of Bellissimo Cooked Diced Bacon that bear the case code 83602; 10-lb. shipping container with two 5-lb. packages of Olymel Cooked Diced Bacon that bear the case code 83603; and a 10-lb. shipping container with two 5-lb. packages of Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon that bear the case code 83608

All production dates before Aug. 10 are subject to recall. The labels on the shipping containers have "EST No. 169A" and "Product of Canada." The products were shipped to distribution centers in the US for further distribution to foodservice institutions.
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