Belgrade Meat Center recalls 300 pounds of meat

Belgrade recall affects some of its sausages, hot dogs, and brats
Belgrade recall affects some of its sausages, hot dogs, and brats

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture put out a public advisory for several products produced by the Belgrade Meat Center in Belgrade, Minnesota. The advisory was put out as a response after random, routine sampling turned up instances of Listeria monocytogenes in several of the companies products.

The recall extends to 300 pounds of various fully cooked, uncured meat products, including smoked breakfast sausages, pork wieners, and bratwursts. The products were sold to several co-ops and restaurants throughout the Twin Cities, although no cases of listeriosis have been reported as a result of the contamination.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, listeriosis, the resulting infection caused by the Listeria bacteria is "a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes."

Listeria rarely affects healthy adults; however, pregnant woman, older adults, young children, and adults with weakened immune systems tend to be more susceptible to the bacteria.  Only about 1,600 cases are reported annually.

The announcement from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture explains that, "According to MDA Dairy and Food Inspection Division Director Heidi Kassenborg, the contamination was first detected in a product sample collected during a routine inspection. MDA investigators are now working to determine the source of the contamination," and that "any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the product should contact their health care provider. For more details about the product, call Belgrade Meat Center LTD at (320) 254-8287 or Pastures A Plenty at (320) 367-2061."

For a complete list of places where the meats were sold, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's consumer advisory page.

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