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LDAF issues public health alert

August 13, 2010

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Office of Animal Health and Food Safety is advising the public that certain “ready to eat” meat products produced by Veron Foods LLC of Prairieville, La. should not be consumed, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen that can cause listeriosis.
Veron Foods LLC products are produced under the Veron’s and Martin’s brands and include smoked sausage, andouille sausage and hog head cheese.
The LDAF Office of Animal Health and Food Safety is continuing to gather information and expects Veron Foods LLC to issue a voluntary recall on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Consumers and media with questions about the advisory should contact company operations manager Neal Sheets at 225-622-3262.
Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriage and still births.


Recommendations for people at risk for Listeriosis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on Listeriosis