MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recalled several lots of beef and pork pepper sticks and other pork products produced by Belgrade Meat Center after routine product sampling revealed contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products, according to the department. The contamination was first detected in a product sample collected during a routine inspection, said Heidi Kassenborg, MDA Dairy and Food Inspection Division director. MDA investigators are trying to find the source of the contamination.
The pepper sticks affected by the recall bear the lot number 318130 printed on the back of the package, and Minnesota State Establishment Number 1157. Belgrade Meat Center, Belgrade, Minn., sold approximately 20 lbs. of the pork and beef pepper sticks at its retail store in Belgrade. The department said the company is cooperating with the investigation.
In addition, approximately 280 lbs. of product was distributed under the Pastures A Plenty label. The affected products include:
• Uncured smoked breakfast links lot number 311130 distributed to Linden Hills Coop in Minneapolis, and Whole Foods in Duluth. The products are also served at Bryant Lake Bowl, Café Barbette and Gigi Café all located in Minneapolis.
• Uncured pork wieners lot number 311130 was distributed through Seward Coop in Minneapolis, Mississippi Market at both the Selby Avenue and West 7th locations in St. Paul, and at the River Market in Stillwater.
• Uncured pork wieners and uncured smoked bratwurst both with lot number 318130 served at Natedog Mobile Food Cart in the Twin Cities metro.
The Belgrade Meat Center produces an array of meat products such as bratwurst, sausage, bacon, snack sticks, deli meats, breakfast links and jerky.