Walmart Deli Meat Recalled Due to Contamination

Walmart recall for deli meatConsumerist reports via the USDA that Zemco Industries recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat that it distro’d to Walmart stores. The deli meat is marketed to Walmart customers under the Marketside brand name. Comsumerist notes that no one has yet reported ill, and that the contamination deals with Listeria monocytogenes, which can be fatal to infants, the elderly and those with weak immune systems.

What is Listeria monocytogenes?

The wikipedia page for Listeria monocytogenes states:

Listeria monocytogenes is a facultative intracellular bacterium that is the causative agent of Listeriosis. It is one of the most virulent foodborne pathogens with 20 to 30 percent of clinical infections resulting in death. Responsible for approximately 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths in the United States (U.S.) annually, Listeriosis is the leading cause of death among foodborne bacterial pathogens with fatality rates exceeding even Salmonella and Clostridium botulinum.

Not a good recall for Walmart with the back to school season in full swing.