Bridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday. The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”
The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.
According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day. General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.
“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers. We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”
The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.
“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.
The contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.
Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures. Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products. Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.