Meat That May Contain Fatal Germ Is Recalled

By Dan Hart
Bloomberg News
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Gourmet Boutique recalled about 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry after regulators found it might be contaminated with potentially fatal listeria germs, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The nationwide recall includes a variety of sizes, from nine-ounce packages of Gourmet Boutique Wrapanini Meatball Parmigiana to seven-pound containers of Gourmet Boutique Fruit and Nut Honey Chicken Salad Kit, the agency said in a statement. The meats being recalled are chicken, turkey, beef and pork.

The meals may be contaminated with bacteria that may cause listeriosis, whose symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, according to the agency. No reports of illness have been linked to this product, the agency said.

The fresh meat and poultry salad products were produced from April 19 to 24, while the frozen foodstuffs were produced from October 2007 to April 23, the agency said.

Gourmet Boutique, based in Jamaica, N.Y., didn't immediately respond to a voice-mail message or e-mail sent by Bloomberg News yesterday morning seeking comment.

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