USDA Recalls 25,000 Pounds of Pepperoni and Sausage Over Listeria Concern

Kristin Salaky
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday that Ezzo Sausage Company is recalling about 25,115 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products, including sausage and pepperoni meant for pizza toppings, over fears they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

The recall was issued after a sample of sausage tested positive for listeria contamination, but there have been no confirmed reports of illness as a result of ingesting the products. If you're concerned about any illness in relation to the recall, you should always speak with your healthcare provider.

Items involved in the recall include ready-to-eat sausage products produced on October 29 and 30, 2019, as well as on November 5, 2019. They include items with labels like "chopped pepperoni" and "sausage for pizza" and were sold under labels like Ezzo, Flyers, and Pizza King.

The items under recall also have the establishment number “EST. 1838A” on the USDA mark of inspection. You can find a full list of labels of recalled items here.

Items in the recall were shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Ohio and then sent on to restaurants and other food institutions. Restaurants with these products in freezers and fridges are being encouraged to dispose of them immediately and/or take them back to their place of purchase.

Listeria can cause "fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms," according to the recall. It's especially dangerous for pregnant people, older people, and people with weakened immune systems.

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