bologna recallZweigle's Inc. recalled about 2,997 pounds of Price Chopper German Bologna sold in Price Chopper deli counters throughout the Northeast because it could be contaminated with staphylococcus aureus, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

So far, no illnesses have been reported from eating the meat, the USDA said. What happened was the meat plant smokehouse malfunctioned. The plant recooked the bologna and sent it to a distribution center in New York, the agency said. The meat went to Price Chopper stores throughout the Northeast. USDA didn't elaborate on which states received the lunch meat.A delay in recooking the bologna may have allowed staphylococcus aureus toxins to be produced in the meat -- prompting the recall, USDA said.

Staphylococcus aureus toxins can't be destroyed by cooking, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The toxins can bring on food poisoning symptoms in as little as 30 minutes that include vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Consumers concerned about an illness should talk to their doctors.

In December, Whole Foods Market had to recall 61 products after its supplier was linked to food poisoning outbreaks in two states.

Included in the bologna recall are 10-pound packages of Price Chopper German Brand Bologna made with pork and chicken. Each package has EST. 5333 in the USDA mark. The bologna was made on Jan. 5, 2011, packed on Jan. 7 and has a use-by date of 03/08/11. Each package has a white sticker with the product code 007.

Price Chopper said the bologna was sold in its stores between Jan. 13 and Tuesday. Consumers should return the bologna to the store for a refund. Call Price Chopper at (800) 666-7667 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time and select "option 3."

Consumers with questions can also call Zweigle's at (585) 546-1740.

Zweigle's makes a variety of condiments and deli, sausage and hot dog products that are sold at many national retailers including BJ's Wholesale Club, Walmart, Sam's Club, IGA, Price Chopper, Save A Lot and Wegmans.

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