Lunch Box products potentially contaminated with listeria
Sandwich products typically distributed to convenience stores and through vending machines have been recalled by Grand Strand Sandwich. The food product company is recalling Lunch Box Italian Subs, Lunch Box Ham & Swiss Croissants, and Lunch Box Ham & Cheese Frozen Wedges after discovering they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
Grand Strand Sandwich is based in Longs, South Carolina, and produces sandwiches for lunch boxes and for schools. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected swabs from Grand Strand Sandwich’s meat slicing area on December 11, 2018. Those swabs tested positive for listeria monocytogenes and the company was notified of the contamination on January 3, 2019.
Grand Strand Sandwich Lunch Box products were distributed throughout North Carolina and South Carolina between December 17, 2018, and January 4, 2019. These sandwiches were packaged in clear plastic and sold in convenience stores and vending machines. Consumers who have purchased these Lunch Box products should not eat them.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled, potentially contaminated products include:
- Lunch Box Italian Subs, in a 7-ounce package, with UPC 0 67068 12222 8
- Lunch Box Ham & Swiss Croissants, in a 5-ounce package, with UPC 0 67068 21217 2
- Lunch Box Ham & Cheese, in a 4.5-ounce package, with UPC 0 67068 12110 8