Thursday, October 30, 2008

Second Importer of Lithuanian Ears & Tongue Roll Recalls Product

Lituanica UK Ltd. has recalled all date codes of Samsono brand Ears and Tongue Roll due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to an announcement released yesterday by the UK Food Standards Agency.

The recalled deli meat, bearing the identification code LT 84-07 EB, was imported into the UK by Lituanica and distributed to 22 retail outlets in England.

This recall follows a similar recall – announced one week ago  – undertaken by Lignesa Foods Ltd., another importer of specialty food from Lithuania. At the time of the first recall, FSA reported that samples of the Ears and Tongue Rolls contained as many as 2.8 million Listeria monocytogenes/gram. This level of contamination is in gross violation of the EU limit of 100 Listeria monocytogenes/gram.

Consumers who have purchased this product should either discard it securely or return it to the store for a refund. Infections with Listeria monocytogenes most often produce no more than mild gastrointestinal or flu-like symptoms. But the elderly, young children, pregnant women and immuno-compromised individuals are at risk of developing severe – even life-threatening – illness as a result of an infection with Listeria monocytogenes.

To access the retail distribution list for this recall, and to see a picture of the product, please click on the links in the second paragraph, above.

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