WASHINGTON (AP) - A Texas company is recalling thousands of its "snackwiches" because they may be contaminated with listeria, a potentially deadly bacterium.
Recalled are certain batches of Owens SnackWiches Sausage, Egg & Cheese biscuits and Bob Evans SnackWiches Ham & Cheese Bagels.
The maker, Owens Country Sausage, recalled the products after Texas health department testing uncovered listeria contamination.
Owens said no illnesses have been reported, but it has suspended production until the problem is corrected.
Listeria food poisoning can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. It can be fatal to infants, the elderly and people with weak immune systems. Also, it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths even if the pregnant woman experiences no symptoms.
Consumers should not eat the recalled food but return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The recalled foods were not served in Bob Evans or Owens restaurants.
Consumers may contact the company at (800) 939-2338.
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