People of WalMart
beware: 190 tons of the mega-store’s deli meat have reportedly
been recalled due to potential Listeria contamination. The affected product comes from Buffalo, New York-based Zemco
Industries. According to the USDA press release
, the problem was discovered as the result of a retail sample collected by the State of Georgia that confirmed the meat was positive for Listeria monocytogenes
There have not yet been any reported illnesses associated with the sale of the Zemco deli meat, but according to the USDA, eating food contaminated with Listeria can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. It also may cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Those most susceptible to listeriosis are infants, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people rarely contract the disease.
As you can see from our previous post here
, this is only the latest in a string of food recalls that have taken place this summer. Perhaps the fall will bring better news.