Convenience meals in Hawaii may have Listeria contamination:USDA

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 07, 2011 3:03 PM
Convenience meals in Hawaii may have Listeria contamination:USDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Around 1,500 pounds of 7-Eleven convenience-store meals have been recalled for possible Listeria contamination by Hawaiian company Warabeya U.S.A., Inc, the Department of Agriculture said late on Wednesday.

Young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk to infections from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The recalled products include 10.3-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Fried Chicken Bento, 11-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Teriyaki Bento, 10-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Breakfast Scramble Bowl, 17.75-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Big Bento, and, 7.25-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Little Smokies Snack Pack.

Microbiological testing conducted by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the problem. It may have occurred as a result of the products becoming cross-contaminated through contact with the pan of a food scale, an FSIS statement said.

The products have a best eaten by date and time of "06/30/11 11:30 AM" and were distributed to stores in Hawaii.

The FSIS said it had not received any complaints or reports of illness thus far, although it classified the health risks associated with the recall as high, meaning use of the product might cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

If consumers think they may have become sick after being in contact with the recalled goods, the FSIS said that they should see a healthcare provider.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh: Editing by Jerry Norton)