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Pre-packaged sandwiches recalled after FDA finds listeria where they were made

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.

Three varieties of Lunch Box pre-packaged sandwiches have been recalled after the FDA found listeria in the manufacturing facility.

On Thursday, the FDA let Grand Strand Sandwich know swabs from the company’s meat slicing area taken Dec. 11 tested positive for listeria. So Lunch Box Italian Subs, Ham & Cheese sandwiches and Ham & Swiss Croissants distributed from Dec. 17 through Friday have been recalled.

The sandwiches mainly are sold in convenience stores and vending machines in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Those with these sandwiches can throw them out or return them to the place of purchase. Questions can be directed to Kirk McCumbee at 843-399-2999, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Listeria brings stomachaches, headaches, diarrhea and fever to 1,600 in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It can be fatal, mostly to senior citizens and the very young. Pregnant women infected with listeria can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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