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    Fresh, Frozen Meat and Poultry Products Recalled on Listeria Threat

    The extensive recall includes products sold under the Gourmet Boutique, Jan's, and Archer Farms brands.

    Gourmet Boutique, L.L.C. this week issued a voluntary recall of about 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry products that could be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was uncovered via microbiological sampling by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To date, FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

    The fresh meat and poultry salad items were produced between April 19 and April 24, while the frozen items were produced between Oct.23, 2007, and April 23, 2008. Both types of products went to foodservice and retailers across the United States, including SuperTarget and Harris Teeter stores.

    The extensive list of affected products from the Jamaica, N.Y.-based company includes six-pound containers of Gourmet Boutique Szechuan Style Chicken Salad bearing the establishment number P-18799 inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a sell-by or best-before date of 05/02/08 through 05/07/08; 3.125-pound bulk packages of Gourmet Boutique Chicken Parmigiana Twister bearing the establishment number P-18799 inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a sell-by or best-before date of 05/02/08 or 05/03/08; 10-ounce packages of Jan's Buffalo Bob Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches bearing the establishment number P-18799 inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as a sell-by or best-before date of 05/02/08 or 05/03/08; 15-ounce packages of Archer Farms Frozen Mini Beef Burrito bearing the establishment number of Est. 18799 inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as best-if-used-by date of 05/02/08 through 10/23/08; five-pound packages of Gourmet Boutique Grilled Chicken Strips bearing the establishment number of P-18799 inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as best-if-used-by date of 05/02/08 through 10/23/08; and nine-ounce packages of Gourmet Boutique Wrapanini Meatball Parmigiana bearing the establishment number of "Est. 18799" inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as best-if-used-by date of 05/02/08 through 10/23/08.

    Consumption of Listeria-contaminated food can cause listeriosis, which has such symptoms as high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to the illness.

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