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NJ Company Recalls Beef Meatballs Shipped to 9 States

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 10:31 AM Updated:

WASHINGTON (WBOC/AP)- Regulators say a New Jersey company has recalled more than 3,400 pounds of beef meatballs that may be tainted with a bacteria known to cause listeriosis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the recall involving Rich Products Corporation of Vineland, New Jersey. The ready-to-eat frozen meatballs were produced Dec. 17.

The 6-pound bags of Member's Mark Casa Di Bertacchi Italian-Style Beef Meatballs have a "Best if used by 17 Dec 2018" label and lot code 15507351.

The products, with "EST. 5336" inside the USDA mark, went to distributers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The meatballs should be discarded or returned to the seller.

The problem was discovered on Jan. 24, 2018 when the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service received notification from the firm that they shipped adulterated product into commerce.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Customer Care at Rich Products Corporation at 1-800-356-7094. Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Dwight Gram, Vice President Communications and Public Relations, at 716-878-8749.

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