Over one ton of meatballs recalled

Over one ton of meatballs recalled

Megan Wedhorn

Rich Products Corporation, a food company located in Vineland, New Jersey, is recalling over 3,400 pounds of frozen meatballs due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The problem was discovered on January 24, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  (FSIS), received a notification from the firm, that they had shipped a tainted product into commerce. The ready to eat frozen beef meatballs, which are packaged under the Sam’s Club brand “Member’s Mark,” were produced on December 17, 2017, and were shipped out in 36-pound cases of 6-pound bags.

The ready to eat meatballs were shipped to distributors in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The recall notice does not specify whether these distributors have sent the contaminated meatballs to other states.

The USDA has not reported any cases of illness related to the meatballs. However, consumers are being urged to check any “Member’s Mark” brand meatballs they have on hand, and anyone who has purchased the recalled item, should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

The recalled meatballs can be identified by looking for the following information on the product’s label:

  • “Member’s Mark Casa Di Bertacchi Italian Style Beef Meatballs” in a 6-pound bag
  • A “Best if Used By” date of 17 DEC 2018
  • Lot code: 15507351
  • And the Establishment number “EST. 5336” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection