Reichel Foods of Rochester, Minn. is recalling 15,880 pounds of ready-to-eat sandwich wraps due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
There are to kinds of wraps included in the recall turkey and cheese; and ham and cheese. The wraps are sold in 5.6 oz packages labeled “Armour Active Packs Turkey & Cheese Wrap” with the Package Code 1026090112 or Case Code 27815-17994 and ”Armour Active Packs Ham & Cheese Wrap” with the Package Code 1026090112 or Case Code 27815-17995. Each of the packages bears the establishment number “P-19941″ or “Est. 19941″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. They have a “sell by” date of Sept. 1, 2012.
Reichel Foods produced the sandwich wraps between July 23, 2012, and July 26, 2012. The products were shipped to distribution centers in Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The USDA will post a retail distribution list when it becomes available.
Reichel Foods became aware of the problem through microbiological testing by a third party. Neither FSIS nor the company have received reports of illnesses associated with eating these products. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. It is especially dangerous to young children, the elderly and those wil compromised immune systems. Among pregnant women it can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection include fever, muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea which can take as long as 70 days after ingestion of the contaminated food item to appear. Health official urge anyone who has eaten one of the recalled items and develops these symptoms to seek medical care.