Meatballs Gone Bad: 300,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled Over Listeria Scare

The USDA says frozen products from Buona Vita carry a high risk of contamination.
Listeria will turn any Sunday supper into a nightmare. (Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Jul 9, 2012

Listeria: Yet another reason to make your meatballs from scratch.

Buona Vita Inc., a Bridgeton, New Jersey-based meatball producer, has recalled approximately 324,770 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to a possible listeria contamination, reports Reuters

The recalled products were produced in May and include meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loafs of chicken and beef.

According to a statement released by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, the health risk associated with the recalled products is high.

So far, there have been no reports of illness associated with Buona Vita’s products. The company hasn’t released any information about how to identify the potentially contaminated products.

Listeria bacteria flourish at low temperatures and is often found in deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses, and smoked refrigerated seafood products.

Symptoms of listeria include fever, muscle aches, and stomach problems like nausea and diarrhea.

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