Louisiana Firm Recalls Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Deli Products Due To Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-028-2013 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
Lilia McFarland
(202) 720-9113

Editor's Note: This release is being reissued to expand the April 10, 2013 recall to include additional products.

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2013 - Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., establishment, is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Recommendations for people at risk for Listeriosis

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don't need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40° F or lower and the freezer 0° F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.


Various weights of the following products are subject to recall:

Roast Beef:

Manda Supreme Roast Beef
Four Star Cajun Roast Beef
Four Star Roast Beef
Cajun Prize Roast Beef
Manda Supreme Natural Roast Beef
Manda Natural Roast Beef
Manda New Orleans Style Roast Beef
Manda Whole Wet Pack Roast Beef
Manda Roast Beef
S&W Roast Beef
LA Pride Roast Beef
Leblancs Roast Beef
Thompsons Roast Beef
Christiana Roast Beef
Manda Italian Roast Beef
Deli Pride Roast Beef
Chef Master Roast Beef
Scariano Roast Beef
Marques Roast Beef
Cajun Rite Roast Beef

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 22, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Ham

Manda Ham
Cajun Prize Ham
Leblancs Ham
Four Star Ham
Christiana Ham
S&W Ham
Thompsons Ham
Chef Master Ham
Rouses Ham

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-July 1, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Turkey

Leblancs Turkey Breast
Manda Turkey Breast
Cajun Prize Turkey Breast
Christiana Turkey Breast

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 22, 2013, and bears the establishment number “P-8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Corned Beef

Manda Corned Beef
Four Star Corned Beef

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 22, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Pastrami

Manda Pastrami
Four Star Pastrami


Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 22, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Hog Head Cheese

Manda Hog Head Cheese
S&W Hog Head Cheese
Rouses Hog Head Cheese
Big Cajun Hog Head Cheese

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 22, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Tasso Pork

Manda Tasso
Diversified Tasso
Rouses Tasso

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-July 2, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Ham Shanks

Manda Ham Shanks

Each package has a “Sell by” date of May 13-June 9, 2013, and bears the establishment number “EST. 8746A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These products may have been sliced at retail delis, and if so will not bear this packaging information. The products were shipped for further distribution, for sale at retail, and to retail deli stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

FSIS was alerted to the problem by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, who took an intact sample of cooked roast beef at a retail establishment on April 5, 2013, which later confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is now being expanded because of additional samples from additional production dates which returned positive for Listeria monocytogenes. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at: Current Recalls & Alerts (Open Federal Recall Cases for FSIS).

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact Josh Yarborough, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, at (225) 344-7636, ext. 59.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.“Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.