Company expands food recall

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville-based company that provides food for Starbucks and RaceTrac has recalled 40 types of sandwiches, wraps, parfaits and other items, temporarily shutting down its operations due to a possible listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested that products recently manufactured at the Lawrenceville facility of Flying Food Group be recalled. The potential for a contamination by listeria monocytogenes was discovered after sampling and testing conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture revealed the bacteria's presence in one of the products, officials said.

According to the FDA, listeria monocytogenes is "an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems." Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recent recall -- an expansion of one initiated July 19 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- includes products made for Core-mark Atlanta Division, RaceTrac and Starbucks.

Core-mark products were distributed to outlets in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Starbucks products were distributed in Alabama and Georgia, while RaceTrac products were distributed only in Georgia.

Products covered include a number of sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, plates and salads, most with "use by" dates ending in July. For a full list, click on the link below.

Consumers who determine they have affected products should destroy that product or return it to the purchase location for a full refund, officials said.