On Tuesday morning, a go-to lunch item sold at several grocery stores in the nation were recalled due to a potentially deadly bacteria. According to the Food and Drug Administration, a brand of pre-packaged sandwiches was recalled due to the presence of a harmful bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes.
Lipari Foods revealed that the Premo Brand turkey and cheese wedge sandwiches were contaminated with the bacteria. The sandwiches were made by JLM, Lipari's sister company.
Reportedly, this is the second product from the company within the last month to be recalled over the harmful bacteria. At the end of July, the Premo Brand turkey and swiss subs were recalled as well.
In the FDA recall notice, Lipari Foods wrote, "This was brought to our attention by JLM after additional environmental testing initiated by the Food and Drug Administration following a previous recall returned positive test results for potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes."
According to the company, the sandwiches in question have a best by date of August 31 and they include the number 08201808. They reported that the sandwiches would have been sent to common grocery stores around Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
The Centers for Disease Control noted that the harmful bacteria, listeria, causes listeriosis. Listeriosis infects at least 1,600 people and kills around 260 people every year in the United States alone. Those with damaged or weak immune systems are particularly susceptible to the infection.
Lipari Foods advised anyone who has purchased these sandwiches but not yet consumed them to throw them away! They also advised that anyone who has questions to call the company's customer service line at 800-729-3354.
Do you buy prepackaged sandwiches like this or know someone who does? If so, get a refund and throw them out! Share this with friends who might enjoy this popular lunch option! In other recent news, several cereals contain a dangerous chemical, according to recent studies.