Meatball products sold at Hannaford recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

By Matt Wickenheiser, BDN Staff
Posted July 17, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.

Scarborough-based Hannaford Supermarkets on Tuesday warned consumers that a supplier to the grocer has issued a recall on three products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc. has recalled three meatball products, Hannaford said, all available through the grocer’s deli department. The products are Homestyle Meatballs with Sauce, sold by the pound; Meatball Panini — cold, UPC No. 941260723096; and Meatball Panini — hot, UPC No. 94126072102.

Hannaford said Monday that customers who bought any of these products should not eat them, and may return the items to Hannaford for a full refund. Products subject to the recall have been removed from the shelves at Hannaford.

According to Hannaford, the voluntary recall is part of a broader recall involving various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced by Buona Vita and sold to distributors nationwide.

“The problem was discovered during microbiological testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service,” the release said. “No illnesses have been reported.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, listeriosis mostly affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, the agency said. “Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has ‘invasive’ infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract,” the CDC reports.

The symptoms vary with the infected person. Pregnant women typically experience only a mild, flu-like illness, the agency said, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Other symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, the CDC said.

Incidence of listeriosis has decreased by about 38 percent from 1996-1998 to 2003, the CDC said.

“On average from 1998-2008, 2.4 outbreaks per year were reported to CDC,” the agency said. “Before 2011, the largest outbreak occurred in 2002, when 54 illnesses, eight deaths, and three fetal deaths in nine states were found to be associated with consumption of contaminated turkey deli meat.”

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