March 8, 2005
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Beef-and-cheese submarine sandwiches sold at 327 convenience stores in Michigan and parts of Indiana and Ohio are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination.
Eastside Deli Supply Inc. of Lansing said Tuesday the 8-ounce sandwiches potentially could be contaminated with the food bacteria, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors and others with weakened immune systems. The company said most of the sandwiches have been removed from shelves.
No illnesses have been reported, said Michigan Department of Agriculture spokesman Dominic Perrone. He said the department detected the problem during a routine food inspection.
The recall includes all beef-and-cheese subs up to and including sell-by dates of March 22, 2005. The subs are packaged in clear wrapping and have the description name “Beef & Cheese Sub Sandwich.”
Eastside and state officials said the sandwiches are not being made while the problem is investigated.
Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Consumers who bought the sandwiches are urged to return them to the store for a full refund. Those with questions can call the company at (517) 485-4630.