Margherita Pepperoni Recalled Due to Risk of Bacterial Contamination
Nearly 11,000 pounds of the product were shipped to stores nationwide
Smithfield Packaged Meats has issued a nationwide recall of 10,990 pounds of ready-to-eat, unsliced pepperoni, sold under the brand Margherita Pepperoni, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Dec. 14. The product may potentially be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, a type of bacteria known to cause vomiting and diarrhea. No illnesses have been reported.
The pepperoni comes in an 8-ounce stick and has the lot code P1931C and a “use by date” of 12-14-21 on the label.
Jim Monroe, a spokesperson for Smithfield, said the company voluntarily initiated this recall out of an abundance of caution after a single customer tested the product after it had been distributed and detected traces of Bacillus cereus. FSIS said that the problem was reported to it by the Department of Defense.