Frozen meatballs recalled due to Listeria concerns

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-27 17:16:46-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Before you sit down for dinner, listen up: more than a ton of frozen meatballs from a popular Sam's Club brand are being recalled for Listeria concerns.

The USDA is pulling 3,420 pounds of Member's Mark Italian Style Beef Meatballs from the shelves. Because the meatballs have such a long shelf life, officials say you should check to make sure you don't have any in your freezer.

The meatballs were shipped to stores throughout the south, including Florida. 

These ready-to-eat frozen beef meatball items are subject to recall:

  • 36-lb. cases containing six 6-lb. bags of “Member’s Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a “Best if Used By 17 DEC 2018” label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5336” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

According to the USDA, consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

USDA officials say 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.

According to the USDA, 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 who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.