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MEAT RECALL: Ready-To-Eat Products Tainted With Listeria

By: CNN
By: CNN

Thousands of pounds of meat products are being recalled Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Topeka-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling nearly 23,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products due to possible contamination with listeria.

The company and the Federal Food Safety and Inspection Service have received reports of people getting sick from eating some of the products.

The listeria bacteria can cause serious illness, typically in older adults, infants and especially pregnant women, who are ten times more likely to be infected.

Officials recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat.

They also suggest cooking all meat thoroughly.

To see a full list of the recalled products, click here.


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Oregon-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling pre-packaged products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

The items were made at a Topeka, Kan., plant. They vary widely and include such items as cole slaw, pimento spread and potato salad. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the items also include 22,800 pounds of products containing chicken, ham and beef.

The company and federal officials announced Tuesday that the refrigerated ready-to-eat products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed across the U.S. and Canada.

There have been no reports of illness.

The company and federal officials listed various "sell by" dates for the recalled products.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon and potentially fatal disease. Symptoms can include high fever and severe headache.

To see a full list of the recalled products, click here.

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