Listeria concern, undeclared allergen prompt recalls

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced two recalls.

Baker, La.-based Manda Packing Co. recalled approximately 20,166 lbs. of cooked roast beef deli meat due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The Tennessee Department of Health alerted FSIS to the problem. The Department took an intact sample of cooked roast beef at a retail establishment on April 5 which later confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Products subject to the recall include:

• Manda Supreme Roast Beef
• Four Star Cajun Roast Beef
• Four Star Roast Beef
• Cajun Prize Roast Beef
• Manda Supreme Natural Roast Beef
• Manda Natural Roast Beef
• Manda New Orleans Style Roast Beef
• Manda Whole Wet Pack Roast Beef

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS cautioned that some product may have been sliced at retail delis, and so will not bear this packaging information. The products were packed on Feb. 27, 2013, and shipped for further distribution and to retail deli stores in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Tennessee.

The second recall involves Hull, Iowa-based Formosa Food Co., which is recalling approximately 1,133 lbs. of pork jerky because of misbranding and because wheat, a known allergen, was not declared on the label.
FSIS personnel discovered the problem during a label review. Wheat is a sub-ingredient in the soy sauce used to make the product and is not listed on the final label. No reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the product have been made to FSIS or Formosa Foods.

Product subject to the recall includes 16-oz. individual packages of “Formosa Brand Pork Szu (Cooked Seasoned Dried Pork Product)” . The product bears the establishment number “EST. 2446” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The product was produced on various dates through Nov. 29, 2012. There is no expiration date on the product. FSIS said the product was distributed via Internet and direct sales nationwide.

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