Buona Vita recalls 324,000 lbs of RTE products

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WASHINGTON – US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Buona Vita, Inc., a Bridgeton, NJ-based food company, is recalling approximately 324,770 lbs. of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The problem was discovered through microbiological testing by FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). FSIS, ODA, and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

The packages bear the establishment number "P-954" or "Est. 954" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold to distribution facilities nationwide. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on FSIS' website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The products subject to recall include:

The following items, produced on May 3, 2012, and identified by the case code "1242":
• 10-lb. cases of Cupino "Fully Cooked Meatballs with Pork and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella "1/2 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella "1 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella "2 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Sapore Italiano .75 oz Baked Meatballs with Beef and Pork"
• 30-lb. or 10-lb cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"

The following items, produced on May 4, 2012, and identified by the case code "1252":
• 10-lb. cases of Vincent Giordano "4 oz. Cooked Italian Style Meatball"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Filomena 3 oz. Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Sapore Italiano .75 oz Baked Meatballs with Beef and Pork"
• 30-lb. or 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of Dirusso's "Fully Cooked ½oz Meatballs"
• 30-lb. or 10-lb. cases of Dirusso's "1 oz Italian Style Meatballs Fully Cooked"
• 10-lb. cases of Dirusso's "Fully Cooked Mini Meatballs"

The following items produced on May 7, 2012, and identified by the case code "1282
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "3 oz Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "3oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Pattie Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "3 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Patty Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "4 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "4oz Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added"
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "3oz Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added"
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added"

The following items, produced on May 8, 2012, and identified by the case code "1292":
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added"
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "Cooked Dinner Loaf LS Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride "Cooked Breakfast Patty Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand "Cooked Breakfast Patty Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of Whitsons Food Service "½ oz. Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of M&R Frosted Food Co. ".5oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of M&R Frosted Food Co. "1 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto 2 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef"

The following items, produced on May 9, 2012, and identified by the case code "1302":
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buon Gusto 1 oz Baked Turkey Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Orefresco "1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Bullpen "1.0 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Mamma Mia's 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Napoli "1 oz. Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Whorle's "1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buonamici "1oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Mamma Cacciatore 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Filomena 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Napoli "2 oz Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Bullpen "1.5 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Napoli "1/2 oz Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Mamma Cacciatore 2 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Bullpen "2.0 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Whorle's ".5 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "½ oz. Mamma Cacciatore Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Bullpen ".5oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Filomena 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Filomena .5oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs"
• 30-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Mamma Cacciatore ½ oz Baked Beef and Chicken Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Monabella ".5 oz. Primo Baked Beef and Pork Meatballs"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Sapore Italiano .5oz Baked Meatballs w/ Beef and Pork"
• 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. "Buona Vita's .65 oz Baked Gourmet Meatballs with Pork and Beef"

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Buona Vita, Inc. at (856) 453-7972. Consumers should request to speak to Junior Vice President of Operations, Paul Infranco, and media should request Blake Christy, General Manager.

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