FDA Warns Over Potentially Toxic Pre-Packaged Sandwiches

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prepackaged sandwiches in seven states may be tainted with a potentially dangerous pathogen.

Several individually wrapped sandwiches made by Classic Delight LLC of St. Marys, Ohio, may contain Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can occasionally cause deadly infections in the elderly, young children, and those with impaired immune systems, according to a voluntary recall notice posted to the FDA website on Tuesday.

The firm recalled 25 items because they could have been sent to food service distributors, convenience shops, and other retail outlets in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arkansas, Maryland, and Texas. The production window for all of the pieces was May 11, 2023, to June 6, 2024.

Although there were no reports of illnesses linked to the sandwiches, the business nonetheless asked consumers to dispose of or return the recalled goods for a refund. People were advised to get in touch with their doctors if they were worried about becoming sick.

Infection with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, often known as listeriosis, can cause severe symptoms in otherwise healthy people. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that out of an estimated 1,600 occurrences each year, around 260 are fatal.

Some people get a more systemic form of the disease within two weeks of eating infected food, but most infections just affect the digestive tract. Symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea, appear within 24 hours of eating contaminated food.

Seizures, disorientation, loss of balance, headache, sore muscles, and fever are all signs of an invasive disease. The fatality rate from invasive listeriosis is around 1 in 20 individuals who are not pregnant.

Invasive sickness “usually leads to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn,” as stated by the CDC, while symptoms are typically minor or nonexistent for pregnancies.