The USDA confirmed that roughly 300,000 pounds of beef and chicken are being recalled due to contamination by New Jersey-based Buona Vita and includes ground beef, meatballs, frozen chicken and beef patties and other meat products.
Buona Vita described the health risk related to the contamination as “high”.
The contamination was discovered in routine testing by Ohio’s Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS.
Last year at least 30 people died from meat contaminated by listeria.
Listeria is most commonly found in deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses, and refrigerated seafood products and is able to grow well in low temperatures.
Those infected can have symptoms such as diarrhea, muscle aches, and fever. The incubation period is long, so symptoms often don’t show up for a couple months after contaminated food is eaten.
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