Philly Beef Steak products recalled due to Listeria concerns

Philly Beef Steak products recalled due to Listeria concerns
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Approximately 6,720 pounds of ready-to-eat Philly Beef Steak products have been recalled due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled products are 672 cardboard cases labeled "Classic Sysco" having a NET WT of 10 lbs. The cases contain four 2.5 lb. bags of product. Both the box and the bags are labeled, "FULLY COOKED PHILLY BEEF STEAK SLICED Caramel Color Added" with a package code of 4887097.

They were produced on August 9, 2018.

The products subject to recall have the establishment number "EST. 19085" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The items were shipped to a food service warehouse in Hamilton, OH and were further distributed to food service locations.

The problem was discovered on September 7 when the establishment received results from their laboratory that four finished product samples from their August 9 production were potentially positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day online or via smartphone.

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can also be accessed 24 hours a day.

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