This Meat Recall Affects 53,000 Pounds of Charcuterie Meat—Here’s What We Know

Earlier this week, the USDA announced a recall of several common charcuterie-style meats due to possible listeria contamination.

Everyone loves a charcuterie board but you might want to double-check the cured meat in your fridge. A recall of nearly 53,000 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products has been announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall, due to potential listeria contamination, includes eight different sausage products made by Daniele International LLC, a Mapleville, Rhode Island company.

What Products Are Part of the Charcuterie Recall?

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The cured meat affected by the charcuterie recall was produced between May 23, 2022, and Nov. 25, 2022. They were shipped to retailers around the country between Dec. 23, 2022, through Jan.17, 2023. The FSIS lists the following items in its recall:

  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “FREDERIK’S by Meijer SPANISH STYLE charcuterie sampler tray” with a sell-by date of 4/15/23.
  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “Boar’s Head CHARCUTERIE TRIO” with sell-by dates 4/13/23, 4/14/23, and 4/15/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE GENOA UNCURED SALAMI” with a sell-by date of 12/23/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE BLACK PEPPER UNCURED SALAMI” with use by dates 12/22/23, 12/30/23, and 1/17/24.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA SOPRESSATA, COPPA & GENOA SALAMI” with sell by dates 4/13/23 and 4/14/23.
  • 12-oz. plastic tray of “Gourmet Selection SOPRESSATA, CAPOCOLLO, HARD SALAME” with a sell-by date of 4/14/23.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA CALABRESE, PROSCIUTTO & COPPA” with a sell-by date of 5/6/23.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA GENOA SALAMI, UNCURED PEPPERONI & HARD SALAMI” with a use-by date of 5/4/23.

The FSIS has also set up a website displaying the labels here.

What Is Listeria and What Causes an Outbreak?

Listeria is a foodborne bacteria that causes listeriosis, an illness that causes flu-like symptoms like fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

For those at higher risk, such as the elderly, pregnant people and newborns, and others with compromised immune systems, listeria can have devastating consequences. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1,600 people become infected by listeria every year, and about 260 of those die. Sixteen people were hospitalized, and one died, during a recent listeria outbreak in deli meats and cheese in November 2022.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, new laboratory data shows that a strain of listeria called Listeria monocytogenes was found on surfaces that the charcuterie meats came in contact with. Listeria tends to frequent milk, cheeses, meats and certain produce. While it is found in soil and water and affects livestock, farms are not the only place where listeria outbreaks can happen. These bacteria can contaminate food processing plants as well.

During this current recall, there are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.

What Should I Do If I Have a Recalled Charcuterie Product? Can I Get a Refund?

Anyone with questions regarding the charcuterie recall, or to inquire about a refund, can contact Daniele International LLC, at 401-568-6228 or [email protected] Consumers with food safety questions can always call the USDA’s toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

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