Reser’s Recalls Chicken, Beef and Ham Products due to Listeria

Contaminated food lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm confirm a recent recall by Reser’s Fine Foods over concerns about Listeria contamination. The company is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of its beef, chicken, and ham products manufactured in Topeka, Kansas.

Among the products recalled include Reser’s products sold under Cobble Street Market, Cross Valley Farms, Chef Solutions, and Stonemill Kitchens labels. A full list of affected foods can be found here. The products were distributed to retailers in 27 states and Canada, including Illinois, Florida, New York, and Texas. The FDA believes Listeria contaminated the food through contact surfaces. Fortunately, no reports of serious injury have yet been reported.

Consumers with any questions regarding the recall can contact Reser’s at 1.888.257.7913, or may ask questions to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at AskKaren.gov. The FSIS recommends that people who think they may be at risk for Listeriosis should practice the following:

  • Washing hands, cutting boards, dishes and utensils before and after handling raw meat.
  • Keeping raw meat away from other foods that will not be cooked (separate cutting boards).
  • Not eating cold hot dogs and deli meats. Cook until steaming.
  • Not eating refrigerated pate, meat spreads, or smoked seafood. Canned foods are okay.
  • Not eating raw milk or foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  • Not eating salads (chicken, egg, ham, tuna, seafood) that are made in-store.
  • Not eating soft cheeses (Brie, Feta, Panela, etc) unless labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
  • Using precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as possible.
  • Keeping your refrigerator at 40 degrees Farenhiet or lower and freezer a 0 degrees or lower.

Listeria is able to grow in the refrigerator, and can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in the elderly, young children, or frail individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience only minor symptoms, such as high fevers, severe headache, nausea, and abdominal pain. It is important to note that Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

In related news, Sunny Pine Farms also recently announced a recall of its Organic Chevre, Organic Parsley Chive Chevre, and Organic Honey Lavender Chevre due to inadequate pasteurization. As implied above, pasteurization heats milk to effectively destroy illness-causing bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.

The recalled cheeses were sold in six-ounce tubes in Washington State, with an expiration date of 10/16/2013. Chevre cheese sold at Methow Valley Farmers Market (aka Twisp) between 7/27/2013 and 10/12/2013 are also recalled, though they were sold without an expiration date. Consumers who bought these Chevre products are urged to return it to the store for a full refund or replacement, or call Sunny Pine Farms at 509.997.4812.

Two companies recently recalled a certain turmeric powder product due to elevated levels of lead. The first, Fahman Enterprises, recalled its Pran Tumeric Powder last week after the FDA detected high levels of lead, which can seriously harm infants, small children and pregnant women. The Pran Tumeric is packaged in 400g transparent bags with a “Best Before” date of January 25, 2015, and barcode #8 3173000502 3.

The second Pran Tumeric Powder recall was initiated by Best Value, located in Detroit, Michigan. The products sold at that location were also in 400g plastic flexible bags, however, had an expiration date of October 26, 2013. These products were distributed in and around Dallas, Texas and Hamtramck, Michigan. Consumers may contact Fahman Enterprises at 313.259.2900.

Food recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will continue to report on significant or potentially serious food contamination recalls and outbreaks. If you or a loved one was seriously sickened or killed from consuming contaminated or recalled food, you have important legal rights, and may be entitled to significant compensation through a lawsuit. Contact one of our skilled food contamination lawyers today for a free legal consultation.

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