More Than 60,000 Pounds Of Breakfast Meals Shipped To Retailers And Airlines Recalled For Listeria Contamination

Five Buddy's Kitchen produced breakfast meals, such as the one shown above, have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.

Five Buddy’s Kitchen produced breakfast meals, such as the one shown above, have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.

Waking up in the morning to a helping of Swiss cheese and mushroom omelet with seasoned tid-bit potatoes and turkey buffet sausage links might sound pretty appetizing. But you want to know what doesn’t sound inviting? Finding out that said breakfast might contain listeria.

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service recall notice, Minnesota-based food supplier Buddy’s Kitchen announced the recall of 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry breakfast products after the detection of listeria contamination.

Buddy’s Kitchen initiated the recall for products made between July 16 and September 25 after potatoes used in the meals tested positive for listeria monocytogene contamination.

The roasted red skin potatoes were proved by an independent Idaho-based supplier not named in the recall notice. All of the products being recalled use the potatoes.

Buddy’s Kitchen shipped the meals to retail outlets such as convenience stores, restaurants and vending machines, as well as airlines. The recall notice did not specify which clients received or may have served the affected products.

The company is concerned that the product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

The following Buddy’s Kitchen products are included in the recall:

• Swiss Cheese and Mushroom Omelet with Seasonal Tid-Bit Potatoes & Turkey Buffet Sausage Link trays with the production codes 07/16/14 9, 08/08/14 9 and 08/27/14 9.

• Savory Scrambled Eggs with Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes and Turkey Buffet Links with the production codes 09/19/14 9 and 09/22/14 9.

• Garden Omelet with Parslied Potatoes & Chicken Sausage Links with the production codes 07/16/14 9, 07/17/14 9, 07/18/14 9, 07/22/14 9, 07/25/14 9, 08/22/14 9, 08/25/14 9, 09/02/14 9, 09/09/14 9 and 09/16/14 9.

• Fiesta Scramble Bowl with Sausage Links with the production code 10I14 9.

• Breakfast Skillet Burrito with eggs, sausage and cheese with the production codes 18G14 2, 06I14 4, 16G14 4, 17G14 2, 07H14 4, 20H14 2, 21H14 4, 22H14 4 and 25H14 4.

Case labels or packaging may include the establishment number “EST. 4226: or “P-4226” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

So far, Buddy’s Kitchen and the USDA have not received any reports of illness associated with the products.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Pregnant women, older adults, and those with weaker immune systems can face serious and sometimes fatal infection from Listeriosis.

Minnesota Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination [USDA]

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