One of the United States' largest foodservice supplier is recalling more than 3 tons of meat after the producer's internal testing results showed signs of Listeria contamination.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is asking consumers and companies who work with Sysco to check their refrigerators and freezers for this contaminated product. Given that the recall posting just happened on September 11, the supplier has not yet reported the complete distribution information.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of Listeria infections may include the following: fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and the infection may reach the nervous system. These symptoms may include a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. According to Food Safety News, "an invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract and is life-threatening."
The health officials urge anyone who has these symptoms to seek medical care, especially if it reaches the nervous system.
“Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected,” according to the recall notice.
At this time, there have been no confirmed reports of illnesses related to the ready-to-eat meat. However, it can take up to 70 days after exposure for Listeria symptoms to develop. Anyone who has handled or consumed this recalled product are urged to watch themselves in the coming weeks and seek medical attention if symptoms arise.
Sysco is recalling 6,720 pounds of its ready-to-eat, sliced "Philly Beef Steak" meat. CTI Foods LLC of Owingsville, KY produced the product on August 9, according to Food Safety News.
The "Philly Beef Stake" has the establishment number of "EST. 19085" printed on the label inside the USDA mark of inspection. Also, for additional identifying information: "Classic Sysco," in 10-pounds cases that contain four 2.4-pound bags. On the label it also reads: "FULLY COOKED PHILLY BEEF STEAK SLICED Caramel Color Added" with the package code of 4887097.
CTI Foods received its testing results from the finished product testing program on September 7. As of September 10, the recall notice did not elaborate on when the company shipped the recalled products
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact John Spiller, media contact for CTI Foods LLC, at 817-869-1153.