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RTE Beef Products Recalled Because of Listeria Fears

10 March 2015

US - A Texas meat company is recalling approximately 58,180 pounds of ready-to-eat beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Hausman Foods and Rio Tex Meats beef products were produced on various dates between 25March 2014 and 19 February this year.

The products from Rio Tex Wholesale Meats in Mercedes, Texas were shipped for hotels, restaurants and institutional use in Texas.

The problem was discovered when US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel reviewed historical sampling data in the context of recent intensified verification testing with multiple Listeria monocytogenes positives.

The historical sampling showed a recurrence of Lm isolates with indistinguishable Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns over a period of time within the establishment.

The presence of isolates with indistinguishable PFGE patterns in environmental samples (including food contact and non-food contact surfaces) and on ready-to-eat meat products indicates that there are insufficient sanitary measures to prevent contamination of the production environment and the products with Lm.

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