Pierre Foods recalled 320 cases of its "pb jamwich" crustless peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
So far, no one has gotten sick from eating the ready-made sandwiches, which were sold at Giant Food stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Listeria can cause a potentially fatal infection in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths and expectant moms are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Even normally healthy people can suffer from a high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Each year, an estimated 1,600 people become seriously ill with listeriosis -- with 260 dying.
Included in the recall is one lot of Pierre pb jamwiches in a 12-count red carton with a UPC code of 7599921368 and a "best if purchased by 03-11-2011," the FDA said. The sandwiches were sold in the grocers' freezer section. The recall was prompted after a product sample test detected listeria.
Consumers who have the sandwiches can return them to the store for a refund. Call the company at (800) 982-7091 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Earlier this month Taylor Farms Pacific recalled broccoli that was used in pre-cooked meals and supermarket deli salads because of potential listeria contamination.
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