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Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Fazio’s Meatballs recalled because of possible Listeria contamination

St. Louis company, P.E. & F. Inc., has recalled approximately 123 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs, “Fazio Meatballs”, after the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes was  discovered by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) routine sampling, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) press release Thursday.

Fazio's Meatballs Image/FSIS

Fazio’s Meatballs
Image/FSIS

The affected product, 15-oz. packages of “Fazio’s Meatballs” has a lot code of “041114,” and bears the establishment number “EST. 13051” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on April 11, 2013, and sold at retail locations in the St. Louis area.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Nick Lamia at (314) 308-1530.

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