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These recalled packaged subs might have listeria. They got shipped to 11 states

Listeria is rare but dangerous

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause food-borne illness, known as listeriosis. It can grow in foods such as uncooked meats, vegetables, soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk.
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Listeria is a bacteria that can cause food-borne illness, known as listeriosis. It can grow in foods such as uncooked meats, vegetables, soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk.

One lot of packaged turkey-and-Swiss submarine sandwiches, sold under two brand names, has been recalled because the food might have listeria.

Premo Brand turkey & swiss
Premo Brand Turkey & Swiss subs have been recalled FDA

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.

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