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Eastside Deli Supply, Inc. Recalls "Beef & Cheese Sub Sandwich" Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Eastside Deli Supply
517-485-4630

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lansing MI -- March 8, 2005 -- Eastside Deli Supply, Inc. is recalling its 8oz "Beef & Cheese Sub Sandwich" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an uncommon organism which 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, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled "Beef & Cheese Sub" sandwiches were distributed to convenience stores in parts of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, most have been removed from circulation. The recall includes all "Beef & Cheese Sub" sandwiches up to and including products dated 3-22-05.

The Product is in a clear sealed film and has the description name: "Beef & Cheese Sub Sandwich" product may also be on display with the label "Fresh from the Deli".

Production of the product has been voluntarily suspended pending an investigation into the source of the problem.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 8oz "Beef & Cheese Sub" sandwiches.

Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-517-485-4630.

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