Here's what to check your fridge and freezer for.
The latest listeria-related recall is a scary one: Being that it's summer right now—and that the recalled items are quintessential summer staples—there's a good chance they're lurking in quite a few refrigerators. According to the USDA, Altus, Oklahoma-based company Bar-S foods has recalled five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items that may be contaminated. Bar-S has had listeria issues within the company, but test results for these particular products are pending.
The recalled items, which were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016, are as follows:
- 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
- 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
- 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
- 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
- 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.
There have been no known reported cases of illness from these products, but it's important to note that pregnant women are at greater risk for developing listeriosis, the illness associated with listeria consumption. Symptoms tend to set in two to 30 days after exposure and can include headaches, nausea, fever and chills. Listeriosis can lead to premature delivery, miscarriage and even stillbirth. It can also lead to life-threatening infection of a newborn.
If you have these items at home, throw them out or return them immediately. If you've already consumed one of the Bar-S products on the list above, consult a physician.