Daily’s Premium Meats of Salt Lake City is recalling 170 pounds of ready-to-eat bacon products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There is zero tolerance for that bacteria in ready-to-eat products. There have been no confirmed reports of illness, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear.
The recalled product is 17 cases of 2 to 5 pound packages in cardboard boxes containing “48108 Regular Ends Precooked Bacon Net Wt. 10 lbs. 2/5 lbs.” with a packaging date of “9/22/16” and use by date of “6/19/17.” The products have the establishment number “EST. 6133” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to Associated Foods retail locations in Idaho and Utah. The problem was discovered during the company’s routine internal third party testing.
If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you plan to cook it before eating. Throw it away in a sealed container or take it back to the store where you bought it for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator or freezer with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures and freezing will not kill the bacteria. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling this product.
If you ate any of this recalled product, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, severe headache, stiff neck, convulsions, diarrhea, and vomiting. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery even if they only have a mild, flu-like illness. If you do get sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate this recalled product.