The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service found the possible contamination through its sampling tests. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths as well as a potentially fatal infection in those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy people can suffer from a high fever, severe headache, a stiff neck and nausea.
The recalled turkey products were made on Aug. 4, 2010 and each package has the USDA inspection mark and number "P-975" inside the mark. The products were distributed nationwide, including through catalog and Internet sales.
The recalled products are:
- 1-pound packages of "New Braunfels Smokehouse Sliced Smoked Turkey" with package code "2210" on the label.
- 4- to 6-pound packages of "New Braunfels Honey-Glazed Spiral Sliced Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Boneless Breast of Turkey" with package code "2180" on the label.
- 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of "Stegall Boneless Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast" with package code "2210" on the label.
- 4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of "Stegall Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast" with package codes "2180" or "2210" on the label.
The USDA recommends heating ready-to-eat foods until they are "steaming hot" and said all poultry should be cooked until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.