- FORT LEE, Va. (AFPN) -- The Defense Commissary Agency is advising commissary
shoppers to check their food stocks for potentially dangerous meat products,
possibly contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
- The advisory comes after three suppliers
to commissaries and civilian grocery stores voluntarily recalled their
- Shoppers should check for meat packages
bearing the imprint "EST P261" or "EST 6911." These
products, produced by the Bill Mar Foods plant in Zeeland, Mich., include
Ball Park, Bryan, Grillmaster, Hygrade and Mr. Turkey hot dogs; and Sara
Lee Deli Meat and Sara Lee Home Roast brands luncheon meat.
- Shoppers should also check for packages
carrying the imprint "EST 13529" or "EST P-13529."
The suspect products are frankfurters and lunch-combination products containing
luncheon meats produced by the Thorn Apple Valley Company at its Forrest
City, Ark., meat-processing plant. The products may not necessarily have
the Thorn Apple Valley name since the company packages its products under
many different brand names.
- Oscar Meyer Foods Corporation, of Madison,
Wis., voluntarily recalled 28,313 pounds of deli meat this month because
it could possibly be contaminated with Listeria. Shoppers who purchased
Oscar Meyer All-American Variety Pack, 10 oz, or Oscar Meyer Club Sandwich
Variety Pack, 9 oz, should check their packages for the imprints, "EST
537A" and "EST P-1449." Additionally, the packages will
have the date "JAN 12" in the upper left corner on the back.
- Shoppers who find any of these products
should return them to their commissary for a full refund. Products from
these companies bearing different imprints are not affected and are not
being recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection
Service is monitoring these voluntary recalls.
- Listeria infections can lead to serious
illness, and in some circumstances, death. "According to the U. S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks of Listeria bacteria
from the contaminated Bill Mar meat products have killed 12 people and
sickened 79 people in 17 different states," said Jack Moye, a DeCA
food safety specialist. "So far there are no reported cases of food
borne illness caused by the Thorn Apple Valley or Oscar Meyer products
involved in the recall."