Largest Meat Recall in USDA History

A Pennsylvania meat processor is announcing an expansion of its voluntary meat recall.

The recall is resulting in the return of more than 27 million pounds of meat, which is the largest in USDA history. The Wampler Foods announcement comes on the heels of a production stoppage at a suburban Philadelphia plant because the meat may be contaminated with Listeria.

The voluntary recall also involves all cooked deli products made at the Franconia plant from May 1 through Oct. 11.

Wampler released a statement saying there have not been any illnesses related to the meats and it's recalling the products as a precaution to customers.

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Listeria Precautions

People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:

  • Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry products.

  • Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.

  • Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds.)

  • Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.

  • Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined or Mexican-style cheese. You can eat hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.

  • Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk or eat foods made from it, such as unpasteurized cheese.

  • Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.

Source: http://www.fsis.usda.gov (Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Agriculture) contributed to this report.


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