In a proactive move after reports of potential contamination, Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York has recalled 380,000 pounds of its deli meats. In a statement, the company said that the meat was potentially contaminated with bacteria that could lead to a fatal disease. The USDA reported that the meats were distributed nationwide through Wal-Mart stores.

Georgia inspectors discovered that a sample of the meat contained Listeria monocytogenes.  There are currently no reported injuries, but the USDA has said that consuming the bacteria could, in fact, cause listeriosis. This has potential to be fatal to some people. Likely symptoms of listeriosis are headache, fever, neck stiffness and nausea. In severe cases, stillbirths and miscarriages can occur. If a person has a weak immune system they could potentially contract a fatal infection.

The spokesman for Wal-Mart has assured customers that all recalled meats were immediately removed from their shelves.

The following are products included in the recall:

–   Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches Black Forest Ham

–   Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches Hot Ham, Hard Salami, Pepperoni, Sandwich Peppers

–   Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches Virginia Brand Ham

–   Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches Angus Roast Beef

Production dates for the meats range from June 18 to July 2, 2010. The packages’ “use by{ dates are August 20 to September 10, 2010.

Only the Grab and Go sandwiches are affected, not the regular packs of deli meats. Consumers are encouraged to return these items to the store.