US Department of Agriculture announces nationwide meat recall

Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

The meat was distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide.

The meat may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

There have been no reports of illness.

Wal-Mart removed the meat from store shelves, the company said in a statement.
“Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease,” according to the USDA. “Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

“Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA said.

The products subject to recall are:
The meats were produced on dates ranging from June 18 to July 2, 2010. The “Use By” dates range from August 20 to September 10, 2010.