Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc. recalls various ready-to-eat meat products due to possible Listeria contamination

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2022 – Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc., a facility in Albers, Illinois, is recalling approximately 87,382 pounds of various ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FSIS expects more product labels to be added in the near future and urges consumers to check back frequently to see updated labels.

The various RTE meat products were produced from July 7, 2022 to September 9, 2022. The list of products and product codes for the recalled RTE meat products can be found here and includes all pack sizes for all products with affected lot codes. Available labels for RTE meat products can be found here.

The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST 20917” inside the USDA inspection mark. These items were shipped to retail outlets and wholesale distributors in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri.

The issue was discovered through product and environmental testing conducted by FSIS and the facility, which identified Listeria monocytogenes in the processing environment and in the products produced by the establishment.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that mainly affects the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, people outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in the elderly and people with weakened immune systems can occur. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. People in high-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of eating contaminated food should seek medical attention and notify the health care provider about eating contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ pantries, refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS regularly conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that recalling companies are notifying their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall may contact Connie Haselhorst, Vice President of Operations, Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc., at (618) 248-5151 or [email protected]

Consumers with questions about food safety can call the USDA’s toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask the USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety posts on Ask USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis. usda.gov/eCCF/.

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