Recall: 143 tons of Gourmet Boutique beef, pork, and poultry for possible listeria

May 5, 2008

A Queens food company is recalling about 286,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef, pork and poultry products that may be contaminated with listeria, a type of bacteria, a federal agency said on Saturday.

It was the second such action in two months for the company (see March 5 recall), Gourmet Boutique, of Jamaica, which calls itself “America’s leading manufacturer of high-quality, ready-to-eat prepared foods.”

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a Class I recall, which affects products sent to supermarkets and food stores nationwide, the agency said in a statement. A Class I alert, which carries the highest priority, is issued when there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” the statement said.

Listeria can cause listeriosis, a rare disease that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. The disease can also cause miscarriages.

In March, the company recalled nearly 7,000 pounds of products sent to stores in 10 states because of possible listeria contamination.

The agency said the company had volunteered to issue the latest recall after food inspectors in Florida discovered the bacteria in a sample of its products.

The company recalled nearly three dozen products, including fresh foods sold under the names Gourmet Boutique Curry Chicken Salad, Gourmet Boutique Turkey Club Twister and Jan’s Buffalo Bob tortilla wrap sandwiches. Frozen products in the recall include Archer Farms mini beef burritos, pulled-pork burritos and chicken burritos. Salad products that may contain contaminated meat also were recalled.

The salads were produced between April 19 and April 24, the agency said. The frozen products were produced between Oct. 23 and April 23.

Many of the fresh products recalled bore a “sell by” or “best before” date of May 2 or May 3.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s recall information hotline at (347) 887-0083.

Additional information available at the site of Food Safety and Inspection Service at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_013-2008_Release.pdf  

See also March 8 Gourmet Boutique recall

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