Great American Marketing, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 475 pounds of FSIS and FDA-regulated, ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The sandwich and wrap products were produced on July 15, 2014, and then shipped to retail locations in Texas. Case labels or packaging bear the sell by date of 07/26/14.
Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number “EST 31680” or “P-31680” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following FSIS-regulated products are subject to recall:
- 7.4 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Chicken Caesar Wraps.
- 8.1 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Club Wraps.
FDA-regulated products being recalled (are listed at http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/) and include:
- 10.5 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Ham and Cheddar Premium sandwiches.
- 10.5 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Turkey & Swiss Premium sandwiches.
The problem was discovered when FSIS collected a sample of a separate product on July 15, 2014, that was confirmed positive for L. monocytogenes on July 23. The sampled product was held. However, the plant produced the additional FSIS and FDA regulated products listed in this recall without conducting a complete clean-up of the production equipment. Those products have entered commerce and are subject to recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.