Seltzer's Beef Lebanon Bologna Recalled: Links to E.coli Outbreaks

Lebanon bolognaPalmyra Bologna Co. Inc. recalled about 23,000 pounds of Seltzer's Beef Lebanon bologna that has been linked to an e.coli outbreak in three states, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Four consumers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania were sickened between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 with an e.coli infection FSIS linked to Seltzer's Beef Lebanon bologna. The agency didn't elaborate on the severity of the illnesses. The service is working with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, the company and the states' health departments to investigate the outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said the 14 people sickened in the e.coli outbreak were in five states -- Pennsylvania with six cases, Maryland with three, New Jersey with two, Ohio with two and North Carolina with one case.

The consumers, who ranged in age from one year old to 70 years old, reported getting sick between Jan. 10 and Feb. 15. Among the 13 people the CDC has information about, three had to be hospitalized. During the outbreak investigation, authorities learned four of those sickened bought Seltzer Lebanon bologna at stores in three states before getting ill.E.coli can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure in the most severe cases. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to an e.coli infection.

Included in the recall are:
  • 6-ounce packages of Seltzer's Beef Lebanon Bologna with a lot code of 01351 and a best-by date of Apr. 20 2011
  • 12-ounce packages of the Lebanon Bologna with a lot code of 01351 and best-by dates of Apr. 20 2011 and Apr. 21 2011
  • 16-ounce packages of the Lebanon Bologna with a lot code of 01351 and a best-by date of Apr. 22 2011
  • Whole chub packages with lot codes 01351 or 06337 with best-by dates of Feb. 14, Feb. 15, Feb. 16 and Feb. 28.
  • Half chub packages with the same lot codes and best-by dates of April 6, April 7, April 16 or April 19.
  • 12-pound bulk boxes of sliced Lebanon bologna with the lot code of 01351 and a best-by date of April 21.
FSIS said the lunch meat was produced in December 2010 and sent to distribution centers in California, Colorado, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania for further distribution to stores. The bulk packages may have been sliced and repackaged for sale.

A retail list detailing which stores got the recalled Lebanon bologna wasn't available. According to Palmyra Bologna, Seltzer's products are carried in major retailers including Safeway, Albertsons, Kroger, Pathmark, Shop Rite, SuperFresh, Aldi, Food Lion, B.J.'s and Gelson's Markets.

Consumers with questions can call the company at (800) 282-6336.

Earlier this month hazelnuts sold in stores nationwide were linked to another e.coli outbreak.
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