Frozen beef meatballs sent to South Carolina, other South states, recalled for listeria contamination

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 1/26/18

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services announced a Class I recall on about 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

A problem in the ready-to-eat frozen beef meatballs that …

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Frozen beef meatballs sent to South Carolina, other South states, recalled for listeria contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services announced a Class I recall on about 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

A problem in the ready-to-eat frozen beef meatballs that were produced on Dec. 17, 2017, was discovered on Jan. 24 when the agency received notification from Rich Products Corp., a Vineland, New Jersey, establishment, that they shipped "adulterated product into commerce," according to a USDA news release.

The products subject to recall are 36-pound cases containing six 6-lb. bags of Member's Mark Casa Di Bertacchi Italian Style Beef Meatballs with a "Best if Used By 17 Dec. 2018" label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging.

They bear establishment No. Est. 5336 inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, according to the USDA.

A Class I recall is the highest-risk category the USDA issues, where the health hazard situation poses a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

"Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns," the release said. "Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected."

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

"An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn," the USDA says. "In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics."

People in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Uneaten contaminated products should be thrown away.

Consumers with questions can contact Rich Products Corp.'s customer service at 1-800-356-7094.