Another day, another massive recall to make us fear our food supply and every bite we take. This time it's more than 324,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that are possibly contaminated with listeria.
The products at risk are from Buona Vita Inc., out of Bridgeton, N.J., and the list contains everything from meatballs to beef and chicken patties to something called "dinner loaf." They are packaged under a variety of brand names including Argenta Pride, Silver Lake Brand, and more. Here's what you need to know about this recall to keep your family safe.
1. Check the complete list of products being recalled. Many of them are frozen foods, so be sure and check your freezer so you don't forget and pull something out next month.
2. The problem was found through routine testing, and no one has reported any illness from the products as of yet. So that's at least some good news.
3. Listeria can be serious, and the health risk from this recall is high. Not only can it be deadly (remember the deadly cantaloupe outbreak
last year?), but it can also take months for symptoms to show up, so if
you have eaten any of these products and feel ill, it's best to check
with your health care provider sooner rather than later. Symptoms of listeria infection include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea.
4. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Buona Vita, Inc. at (856) 453-7972 and ask to speak to Junior Vice President of Operations, Paul Infranco.
5. For general food safety questions, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspections Services (FSIS) recommends consumers "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. Also, the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
Do you have any of the recalled products? Do recalls like this make you rethink the food you purchase for your family?