Minn. Ag Department issues recall for possibly tainted sausages

by Meritte Dahl

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture warned consumers Wednesday of possibly tainted meat products sold at several coops and dining spots in the Twin Cities.

The MDA discovered that smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center were contaminated with Listeria bacteria, the Pioneer Press reported. The MDA discovered the bacteria during a routine inspection.

The MDA has not received any reports of illnesses connected to the meat products.

According to the MDA, the company has issued a recall for 280 pounds of meat products distributed under the Pastures A Plenty Label:

  • -Uncured smoked breakfast sold at Linden Hills Coop in Minneapoolis and Whole Foods in Duluth. The products are also served in Minneapolis at Bryant Lake Bowl, Cafe Barbette and Gigi Cafe.
  • -Uncured pork wieners sold at Seward Coop in Minneapolis, Mississippi Market at the Selby Avenue and West 7th locations in St. Paul, and at the River Market in Stillwater.
  • -Uncured pork wieners and uncured smoked bratwurst served at Natedog Mobile Food Cart in the Twin Cities.

Belgrade Meat Center sold about 20 pounds of pork and beef pepper sticks at its retail store in Belgrade. The company has asked consumers to return packages with lot number 318130 to the store, according to the MDA.

The listeria bacteria may cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease, the Star Tribune reported. Listeriosis may cause, "fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. It can sometimes cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems," the Star Tribune reported.

Any consumers who believe they may have become ill from consuming these products should contact a health care providor. For more information about the recalled products, contact Belgrade Meat Center at 320-254-8287 or Pastures A Plenty at 320-367-2061.