The Manda Meat recall announced initially on April 10 and expanded Saturday significantly has jumped from more than 20,000 pounds of meat to more than 468,000, and the company issued a statement Sunday on their website about the current recall.
Several varieties of meats and other products involved in the Manda meat recall were detailed on the USDA’s site, potentially contaminated with Listeria, a bacterial food borne pathogen that can cause illness due to listeriosis.
In a Saturday statement, John Yarborough, a spokesman, said of the Manda recall and risk of contamination:
“Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis … We are committed to work with USDA in reviewing and enhancing our food safety system so we can continue to ensure that our products are safe, wholesome and worthy of our brand name.”
Listeriosis poses the greatest risk to the very young and elderly as well as pregnant women and fetuses as the pathogen can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.
Sunday, a statement posted on Manda’s website began:
“Manda Fine Meats is a third-generation family business that has operated in Louisiana for more than 66 years. We produce some of the finest meat products, capturing the taste of Louisiana … Recently, Manda recalled some of our meat products. This affects only products from our Baker, Louisiana facility. Our sausage products remain safe for purchase and consumption. Our sausage products are manufactured at a separate production facility in Baton Rouge.”
The statement continues:
“Manda recalled meat products produced at our Baker, Louisiana facility, including roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami with sell by dates between May 13 and July 2, 2013 … This is an ongoing effort. These actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution, as the situation is still being investigated.”
“We have notified all of our distributors and the affected products have been pulled from the shelves. We are also working with our distributors to ensure consumers have a way to return products that were already purchased … We have been cooperating fully with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are committed to working with the USDA to review and enhance our food safety system … our customers deserve no less.”
Earlier coverage on The Inquisitr has a more detailed list of products affected by the Manda Meat recall.