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Buona Vita Recalls 300,000 Pounds of Meat Products for Listeria

New Jersey-based Buona Vita, Inc. is recalling approximately 324,770 pounds of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products over concerns about Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Friday.

The problem was discovered through microbiological testing by FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. FSIS said there are no reports of illness linked to these products, but anyone concerned about foodborne illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Here is a list of products affected by the recall:

The following items were produced on May 3, 2012 and can be identified by the case code “1242” – view labels here.

-10-lb. cases of Cupino “Fully Cooked Meatballs with Pork and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella “1/2 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella “1 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Mama Isabella “2 oz. size Beef and Pork Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Sapore Italiano .75 oz Baked Meatballs with Beef and Pork”
-30-lb. or 10-lb cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”

The following items were produced on May 4, 2012 and can be identified by the case code “1252” – view labels here.

-10-lb. cases of Vincent Giordano “4 oz. Cooked Italian Style Meatball”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Filomena 3 oz. Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Sapore Italiano .75 oz Baked Meatballs with Beef and Pork”
-30-lb. or 10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of Dirusso’s “Fully Cooked ½oz Meatballs”
-30-lb. or 10-lb. cases of Dirusso’s “1 oz Italian Style Meatballs Fully Cooked”
-10-lb. cases of Dirusso’s “Fully Cooked Mini Meatballs”

The following items were produced on May 7, 2012 and can be identified by the case code “1282” – view labels here.

-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “3 oz Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “Cooked Dinner Loaf Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “3oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Pattie Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “3 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Patty Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “4 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Burger Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “4oz Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added”
-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “3oz Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added”
-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added”

The following items were produced on May 8, 2012 and can be identified by the case code “1292” – view labels here.

-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “Cooked Chicken Salisbury Patty Beef Added”
-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “Cooked Dinner Loaf LS Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Argenta Pride “Cooked Breakfast Patty Made with Chicken and Beef”
-30-lb. cases of Silver Lake Brand “Cooked Breakfast Patty Made with Chicken and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of Whitsons Food Service “½ oz. Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of M&R Frosted Food Co. “.5oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto ½ oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of M&R Frosted Food Co. “1 oz Cooked Chicken and Beef Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto 2 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs Made with Chicken and Beef”

The following items were produced on May 9, 2012 and can be identified by the case code “1302” – view labels here.

-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buon Gusto 1 oz Baked Turkey Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Orefresco “1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Bullpen “1.0 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Mamma Mia’s 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Napoli “1 oz. Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Whorle’s “1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buonamici “1oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Mamma Cacciatore 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Filomena 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Napoli “2 oz Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Bullpen “1.5 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Napoli “1/2 oz Traditional Style Cooked Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Mamma Cacciatore 2 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Bullpen “2.0 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Whorle’s “.5 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “½ oz. Mamma Cacciatore Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Bullpen “.5oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Filomena 1 oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Filomena .5oz Baked Italian Style Meatballs”
-30-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Mamma Cacciatore ½ oz Baked Beef and Chicken Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Monabella “.5 oz. Primo Baked Beef and Pork Meatballs”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Sapore Italiano .5oz Baked Meatballs w/ Beef and Pork”
-10-lb. cases of Buona Vita, Inc. “Buona Vita’s .65 oz Baked Gourmet Meatballs with Pork and Beef”

The packages bear the establishment number “P-954” or “Est. 954” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were sold to distribution facilities nationwide. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on FSIS’ website here.

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  • Doe

    Thank you for publishing the list of all Buono Vita products that were recalled. I read several articles at various news websites that mentioned the recall but your site was the only one that listed any of the products that were recalled.

  • husna aijaz

    The following article from the Journal of Food Safety explores the action of a potent antimicrobial agent (ZnO nanoparticles) against food borne pathogens (particularly gram positive bacteria):
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-4565.2010.00287.x/pdf

  • husna

    The meat products could use edible antimicrobial films to inhibit the growth of L.monocytogenesis. The current journal of food safety has an article on it. Here is the title of the article:
    Inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes on Ham and Bologna Using Pectin-Based Apple, Carrot, and Hibiscus Edible Films Containing Carvacrol and Cinnamaldehyde

  • Rl

    Idiots. inept laziness. How many times has this been shown on national TV where cameras actually watch frozen meat sit outside on a hot day for hours. As the arrogant hooligan inside the office and threaten the camera crew. Nothing has changed.
    Put them out of business. Hard working people out of work, that would gladly take over and be proud of what they do.

  • Minkpuppy

    Rl,
    Where in this article does it say that the meat from establishment sat outside in the heat for hours? If you have a link to another article, share it please.
    Listeria contamination of fully cooked products is a SANITATION issue, not a storage issue. Cooking kills Listeria but the handling during packaging can recontaminate the product if proper measures aren’t taken.