Whole Foods is known for its array of organic and sustainable products and foods, often striving to support local farmers and vendors where possible. But, as with any major grocery store, that doesn’t come without risks, including the risk of food-borne illnesses.Here’s all the important info. you need to know about this Whole Foods meat recall.

On Mar. 2, Olli Salumeria Americana Firm recalled nearly 4,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products, sold at Whole Foods stores in 29 states and the District of Columbia. These products—which included everything from chorizo and soppressata to salami and pepperoni—were recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Photo courtesy: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Which Products Were Recalled?

The products affected by the recall include 6-ounce packages of various “Gusto” labeled salami products, as noted below:

  • 6 oz. packages of “Gusto NAPOLI APPLEWOOD-SMOKED SALAME” containing lot code 1000012821
  • 6 oz. packages of “Gusto CHORIZO SMOKED PAPRIKA” containing lot code 1000012812
  • 6 oz. packages of “Gusto SOPRESSATA BLACK PEPPERCORN SALAME” containing lot code 1000012811
  • 6 oz. packages of “Gusto TOSCANO FENNEL POLLEN SALAME” containing lot code 1000012805
  • 6 oz. packages of “Gusto PEPPERONI CLASSICALLY AMERICAN” containing lot code 1000012804

Additionally, three “OLLI” labeled products were also recalled for possible listeria contamination:

  • 175 gram packages of “OLLI MOLISANA PEPPER + GARLIC SALAMI” containing lot code 1000012808
  • 175 gram packages of “OLLI NAPOLI APPLEWOOD-SMOKED SALAMI” containing lot code 1000012810
  • 175 gram packages of “OLLI CALABRESE SPICY SALAMI” containing lot code 1000012807

Photo courtesy: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Why Listeria Is So Dangerous

Foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, which is a serious gastrointestinal infection that can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. For people with compromised immune systems or the elderly, complications from listeriosis can be fatal.

What to Do If You Have Recalled Products at Home

First and foremost, don’t eat them. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recall notice urges people who have any of these products to either toss them in the trash or return them to the store where purchased.

Have you been affected by this Whole Foods meat recall? Sound off in the comments.

—Keiko Zoll

Featured photo courtesy: Whole Foods Market

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