In a news release Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of about 380,000 pounds of diced bacon products by Aliments Prince, S.E.C., due to possible Listeria monocyteogenes.
During routine screening conducted by FSIS on July 19, on cooked diced bacon imported from Aliments Prince, a Canadian company, a sample tested positive for Listeria. The product represented by the sample was refused entry to the U.S. Further investigation by Aliments Prince and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency into the source of the test results led to the recall of all of the company’s cooked back on products.
Subject to recall are Napoli Cooked Bacon Topping (case code 83600), Stefano Brand Cooked Diced Bacon (case code 83601), Bellissimo Cooked Diced Bacon (case code 83602), Olymel Cooked Diced Bacon (case code 83603), and Assoluti Cooked Diced Bacon (case code 83608). All affected products have production dates prior to August 10, 2011. The products subject to recall were sent to U.S. distribution centers for distribution to food service institutions.
No reports of illness in connection to the recalled products have been received by FSIS or Aliments Prince. Listeria infection can lead to listeriosis, which is uncommon; however, it is a serious, and in some cases fatal, illness, especially in elderly or frail people, children, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can lead to stillbirths and miscarriages.
I hope that no one has been sickened through the consumption of the recalled bacon products. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I encourage anyone who has purchased a recalled product to stay safe by ceasing its use and arranging its return to the manufacturer or place of purchase.