WASHINGTON - International Gourmet, a Springfield, Va., establishment, is recalling approximately 70 pounds of prosciutto products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.
The problem was discovered by FSIS microbiological testing of imported product resulting in a positive sample for Listeria monocytogenes.
FSIS was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that the implicated product was also distributed to an Importer of Record and further distributed, thus resulting in this recall.
FSIS has received no reports of illness as a result of consuming this product.
The products subject to recall include:
Various weight cases of "CASA ITALIA C.I. PROSCIUTTO BONELESS"
The exterior of each case bears the number "665" inside the Canadian inspection legend and the lot number "70." A yellow sticker placed on the foil wrapped product inside the case also bears the lot number "70."
The products were distributed to retailers in the States of Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Purchasing Manager, Janet Sansalone, at (703) 569-4520.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
If available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.