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8 Tons of Kids' Lunch Wraps Recalled Over Listeria
Recall of Armour 'Active Packs' Turkey, Ham Wraps Marketed to Kids
Daniel J. DeNoon
Latest Infectious Disease News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Aug. 6, 2012 -- Just as a new school year begins in many areas, some 8 tons of "Active Packs" kids' lunches have been recalled due to possible contamination with listeria bacteria.
No illnesses have been reported. Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.
Tests conducted on behalf of Reichel Foods detected listeria in some of their products. The company has issued a recall for these products:
So far, only these specific items have been recalled. The pizza and Dippin' Stix products were added today to the initial recall issued on Sunday, Aug. 5.
The products were sent to distribution centers in Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas. From there they were sent to major retailers throughout the U.S.
Active Packs come in child-friendly boxed kits that contain wrap ingredients, sauce, and sliced apples with caramel dip.
SOURCES: News release, USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.Reichel Foods Inc. web site, accessed Aug. 6, 2012.