Listeria is rare but dangerous
One lot of packaged turkey-and-Swiss submarine sandwiches, sold under two brand names, has been recalled because the food might have listeria.
Lipari Foods’ recall notice says lot No. 17201807 of Premo Brand and Fresh Grab Turkey and Swiss subs was produced by related company JLM on July 17. Two days later, it was shipped to Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
But, there was a problem.
“This was brought to our attention by JLM after recent routine environmental monitoring and product testing initiated by JLM returned positive test results for potential contamination of listeria,” Lipari said.
Listeria doesn’t get around as much as salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control, sickening about 1,600 in the United States yearly as opposed to 1.2 million for salmonella.
Listeria’s fatality rate of 16.25 percent, however, far exceeds just the hospitalization rate of salmonella (1.9 percent). The most vulnerable to listeria are pregnant women, babies, senior citizens, and those with damaged immune systems.
Those who have this product in their refrigerators should toss it or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. Anyone with questions can call Lipari Foods at 800-729-3354, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. through 4:30 pm, Eastern time.