An Italian food manufacturer recalled of nearly 325,000 pounds of its frozen, ready-to-eat meatballs and other products because of possible listeria contamination.
According to Reuters, New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc. said in a statement the products include meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and beef and chicken loafs. The recalled products were all manufactured in May. Among the brand names included in the recall are Vincent Giordano, Buona Vita, Dirusso's and Mama Isabella's. The USDA has more information on the recall here.
The United States Department of Agriculture says there have been no reports of illnesses linked to the food products.
Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, a potentially serious illnesses marked by fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms. It can be especially dangerous in infants, children, pregnant women and immuno-compromised adults.
Listeriosis can be fatal. An outbreak of listeriosis linked to whole cantaloupes last year killed 30 people. A total of 146 people became ill across 28 states. During the outbreak, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called it the "deadliest outbreak of a food borne disease that we've identified in more than a decade."
To reduce the risk of exposure to listeria, the CDC recommends carefully rinsing and scrubbing raw produce before eating it. In addition, raw meat and poultry should be kept separate from produce. Meat should be thoroughly cooked. Ready-to-eat foods should be consumed as soon as possible.