The USDA has just issued an emergency recall on frozen meatballs due to a listeria contamination.
Approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products have been affected, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 36-lb. cases containing six 6-lb. bags of “Member’s Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a “Best if Used By 17 DEC 2018” label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging.
The meatballs were produced on Dec. 17, 2017 and sold in Sam’s Club stores throughout the South East, including the following stores in the Carolinas;
The problem was initially discovered on Jan. 24, 2018 when FSIS received notification from the firm that they shipped adulterated product into commerce.
According to the press release, the recalled product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, “Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.” Listeria infection has also been known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
If you or anyone you know has purchased these products, please do not consume them. They should either be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.