Prepackaged turkey sandwiches recalled for bacteria risk

Thursday, September 21st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An Illinois company recalled 36,000 prepackaged turkey sandwiches because they may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a life-threatening infection.

Landshire Inc. recalled its Landshire Supreme Turkey & Cheese Roll sandwiches, which were sold in convenience stores, vending machines, schools and such sites as golf courses in 14 states, after sample testing found some contained listeria bacteria.

Listeria can cause fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea and diarrhea. Healthy people recover quickly, but listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

It is especially dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause miscarriages and stillbirths even if the mother experiences no symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration said no illnesses have been reported yet. But consumers who have purchased the sandwiches are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The sandwiches were sold in: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Consumers may identify the recalled sandwiches by the UPC code, 97488-00003, or one of the following batch codes written in purple ink on the package: 2410, 2490 or 2550. The recalled sandwiches were manufactured between Aug. 25 and Sept. 15.

Consumers with questions may contact Landshire at 1-800-468-3354.