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Togo's Pastrami Included In Meat Recall

Recall-SidebarRose & Shore Meat Co. of Vernon is recalling approximately 15,900 pounds of ready-to-eat deli meat products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The recalled lots include pastrami used by Togo’s sandwich stores.


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The products subject to recall include:
  • 40 to 50 pound boxes containing packages of "OLYMPIC GOLD BEEF PASTRAMI" with the lot number "20911" and a "04-05-11" pack date on the outside of each box. Each package has the lot number "20911" and lot code "10951."
  • 40 to 50 pound boxes containing packages of "ROSE AND SHORE N.Y. STYLE PASTRAMI" with the lot number "20911" and a "04-05-11" pack date as well as a "29 N.Y." case code on the outside of each box. Each package has the lot number "20911" and lot code "10951."
  • 9 to 13 pound boxes containing "COOKED ANGUS ROAST BEEF" with lot number "20941" and a use by date of "05-17-11." Each package has the lot number "20941" and a use by date of "05-17-11."
  • 24 to 30 pound boxes containing packages of "TOGO'S PASTRAMI" with the lot number "20911", a "04-05-11" pack date and a use by date of "05-23-11" on the outside of each box. Each package has the lot number "20911" and a use by date of "05-23-11."

Each box bears EST. 1821 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on April 5, 2011, and sent to distribution centers in California for further distribution to food service establishments in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. There were no retail sales.

The problem was discovered after the company tested product at the request of a commercial customer after receiving a consumer complaint. FSIS has received no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Larry Vanden Bos, Vice President, at (323) 826-2144, ext. 110.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.