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Food Recalls: Pizza, Beef, Pork Skin, Ham

What's safe to eat anymore?

Today has been a day of food recalls.

Rather than do them separately, here’s a synopsis and links.

Frozen Pizza Recall: Kraft Food Global is recalling 8,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni & sausage pizza because they contain a known allergen — soy. This is a class II recall. People with allergies to soy could be negatively impacted. Numerous states are effected.

248,000 Pounds of Beef Recall: An Oklahoma firm is recalling 248,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E.coli. Illnesses have been reported in five states.The products were shipped to restaurants nationwide.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Ham recall: A Maine company is recalling approximately 312 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogene. Hams were distributed to retail in Maine & New Hampshire.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Pork skin recall: A Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 205 pounds of pork skin products because they were inadvertently mislabeled and contain an undeclared allergen — milk. The product was distributed in Southern Calif.

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