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Lunch meat recall

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on August 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Roast beef and ham distributed to Walmart delicatessens nationwide and sold in sandwiches is being recalled because it might be tainted with potentially harmful bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said no illnesses have been reported from the 380,000 pounds of meat products that were made by Zemco Industries in Buffalo. But the products may contain Listeria which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and in others with weakened immune systems.

Most of the sandwiches have likely already been eaten. Any remaining ones have been removed from store shelves.

It wasn't immediately clear how many stores sold the meat products. A spokeswoman for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer, could not say where it was sold.

The products being recalled were all labeled as Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches. They included:

  • Black Forest Ham With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color
  • Hot Ham
  • Hard Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Sandwich Peppers
  • Virginia Brand Ham With Natural Juices, Made in New York
  • Fully Cooked Bacon
  • Sandwich Pickles
  • Sandwich Peppers
  • Angus Roast Beef Coated with Caramel Color.

The packages, bearing vendor number 398412808 and the USDA mark of inspection, were produced between June 18 and July 2, with "use by" dates between Aug. 20 and Sept. 10.