(NEXSTAR) – A California company has announced the recall of 83 of its dried beef products that could be “counterfeit from Listeria monocytogenes,” the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.
Boyd Specialties, LLC, of Canton, said the recall affects 1,634 pounds of dried raw materials shipped to outlets in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. The affected products were in 15 different flavors and sold under more than 20 different brands.
Inspectors of the Food Safety Inspectorate learned of a possible contamination after a sample was positive for Listeria monocytogenes during the usual “follow-up procedures”, – stated in FSIS. There have been no reports of illness yet, the agency said.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased one of the affected products are advised to throw away the boiled or return it for a refund. The products manufactured on February 23, 2022, have the company number “EST. 40269 ”on the USDA verification mark.
Listeriosis, an infection caused by the food bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, affects about 1,600 people each year, about 260 of whom die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The highest risk group includes pregnant women, newborns, young children, people over 65 and people with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women are also 10 times more likely to be infected with listeria, and pregnant Latinos are about 24 times more likely. In pregnant women, listeriosis infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth.
Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever and diarrhea, as well as headache, neck stiffness, nausea, loss of balance, abdominal pain, confusion, and seizures, according to the CDC and FDA. Pregnant women tend to experience only flu-like symptoms and fever, the CDC says.