Vietnamese Pork Rolls Recalled Nationwide After Listeria Outbreak

The USDA-FSIS are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Listeria linked to pork products produced by a Houston manufacturer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week.

Four people have been hospitalized with listeria likely caused by eating Vietnamese anchovy-marinated pork rolls made by Long Phung Food Products in Houston, Texas, according to CNN. The anchovy-marinated pork patty rolls, known as Chả lụa or giò lụawere manufactured between May 21 and November 16 and labeled with establishment number “EST. 13561.” As of now, no deaths have been reported. Long Phung Food Products released a statement over the matter:

“Long Phung Food Products received a report from the US Federal Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) about four people becoming ill due to Listeriosis in three different states after consuming products from an Asian grocery store where Long Phung products were available – among many other Asian foods. While the results of the investigation of Long Phung’s products was not conclusive, the company conducted a voluntary product recall in the US on November 20th – as a preventative measure.”

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Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. According to the CDC, “Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.”

Symptoms typically appear four weeks after infection, but could take up to 70 days to appear. Typical symptoms include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle pain, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

The United States Department of Agriculture listed the following products which are subject to recall:

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  • 16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO LUA” VIETNAMESE BRAND COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 32-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO LUA” VIETNAMESE STYLE COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 14-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 CHA QUE” VIETNAMESE STYLE FRIED CINNAMON PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO HUE” VIETNAMESE BRAND GARLIC & PEPPER PORK PATTY ROLL ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 32-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 GIO HUE” VIETNAMESE COOKED PORK PATTY ROLL WITH GARLIC SEASONING ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung 1988 CHA CHIEN” VIETNAMESE STYLE FRIED PORK PATTY ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE ADDED.
  • 16-oz. plastic vacuum packed packages containing a single marinated roll of “Long Phung GIO BI” VIETNAMESE BRAND COOKED PORK & PORK SKIN PATTY ROLL FLAVORED WITH ANCHOVY FLAVORED FISH SAUCE.
The illnesses affect people in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan, but the CDC urges everyone to throw away or return products, even if they have been consumed with no signs of illness. Areas where products were stored should be washed with soap and water and sanitized.
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