FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Sliced Deli Meat Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Consumption of food contaminated with listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious infection

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Sliced Deli Meat Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
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January 9, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that assorted sliced deli meat products served to customers at Dion's restaurants may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The assorted sliced deli meats were produced by Peter DeFries Corporation.

Consumption of food contaminated with listeria 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.

The sliced roast beef, ham, pastrami, and turkey items were produced between December 14, 2016 and December 29, 2016, however product may have been available in restaurant locations through January 4, 2017.

These items were distributed to Dion's restaurant locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The sliced deli meat products are used on pizzas, salads, and open-faced sandwiches for customers at Dion's restaurants.

The problem was discovered through routine testing conducted as part of the Peter DeFries Corporation's Listeria testing program. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products from Dion's restaurants are urged not to consume them. Instead, these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with any additional questions or concerns should contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (888) 674-6854.