Lunch Alert: Ready-to-Eat Deli Meats Recalled

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for various ready-to-eat deli meat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

FSIS was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that various ready-to-eat deli meat products subject to recall in Canada may have been exported to the United States.

Recently, a problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological testing of imported product from Canadian Establishment 665, which resulted in a positive sample for Listeria monocytogenes andtwo FSIS recalls dated May 4 and 5, 2010.

FSIS and Canada have received no reports of illnesses as result of consumption of products subject to this alert.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a physician.

FSIS will continue to provide information as it becomes available, including information about any related recall activity.

Products exported to the United States include, but are not limited to, the following:

· "Casa Italia Gastronomia Prosciutto"

· "Casa Italia Gastronomia Prosciutto Boneless"

· "Casa Italia Gastronomia Prosciutto Mattonella"

· "Casa Italia Prosciutto Boneless"

· "Casa Italia Prosciutto Boneless Sliced"

· "Casa Italia Prosciutto Ham Sliced"

· "Emma Dry Prosciutto"

Implicated products were produced by Zadi Foods Ltd., CFIA Establishment 665, located in Brampton, Ontario, and may have been distributed to retail locations nationwide.

The products would have been sold to consumers at deli counters, and the original brand may not have been transferred at the deli counters to consumer packages.

All lots and production dates for the above-listed products are subject to this public health alert.

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.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the CFIA at (800) 442-2342 / TTY (800) 465-7735.

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