Thu, Apr. 28, 2005
By Barry Shlachter
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
A Lewisville-made meat wrap is being voluntarily recalled more than five days after it was removed from sale at 7-Eleven stores because a sample was found to be contaminated by the pathogen listeria, the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed Wednesday.
The Big Eats Deluxe Turkey & Cooked Ham Capicolla Club Wrap has not been sold since Friday, but a recall was announced Tuesday in case anyone still has one in a refrigerator at home, said Matt Baun, a spokesman for the inspection service.
“None of those wraps would still be in the stores and, fortunately, a week has passed with no reports of anyone getting ill,” said Kevin Gardner, a 7-Eleven spokesman.
A total of 360 wraps were on sale for $3.59 each in the Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin markets, he said.
They were made April 20 by Prime Deli and had a two-day shelf life, said Craig Weidner, vice president of the closely held Texas corporation owned by two unnamed, foreign shareholders.
Gardner said this was the first voluntary recall by Prime Deli, whose production standards exceed federal requirements. The company employs 29 people and sells only to 7-Eleven, he added.
Capicolla ham traditionally is made from a trimmed pork shoulder butt that is rolled in Italian spices, then smoked.
Food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause an uncommon but potentially fatal disease called listeriosis.
Healthy people rarely contract it, but people with weakened immune systems are susceptible, the inspection service said. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Barry Shlachter, (817) 390-7718 firstname.lastname@example.org