Wednesday, June 01, 2005
The Grand Rapids Press
BYRON TOWNSHIP — Family Fare Supermarkets, owned by Byron Township-based Spartan Stores, announced Tuesday it is recalling all ready-to-eat Spartan brand roast and corned beef deli meats manufactured by Winters Sausage Co. and sold at the supermarkets beginning April 1.
Winters Sausage, based in East Pointe, is recalling the meat to ward off concerns of possible listeria monocytogenes, a food-borne bacterium causing listeriosis, an illness characterized by flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and sometimes gastrointestinal issues. The bacterium can be found in unprocessed animal products.
None of Winters Sausage products has tested positive for the listeria monocytogenes, and there have been no confirmed reports of consumption-related illness.
Purchased products can be returned to any Family Fare Supermarket in West Michigan for a refund or replacement.
Those who fear they have contracted a related illness should contact their physician immediately. Concerned consumers can call Spartan Consumer Affairs at (800) 451-8500.