Distributors: More sandwiches recalled

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Following more reports of possible food contamination, officials with RaceTrac stores are assuring customers that all products distributed by Chicago-based Flying Foods were removed from shelves more than a week ago.

According to a spokesperson for RaceTrac, Flying Foods announced additional product recalls Dec. 6 due to more possible contamination.

"All foods covered by the Flying Foods recall were preemptively removed from RaceTrac stores on Nov. 26," said Sherry Scott, public relations manager with the business. An independent testing by RaceTrac "revealed a potential food safety issue."

Scott said RaceTrac has since "severed our relationship with Flying Food Group."

Reported at the Flying Food Group's Lawrenceville facility, the company updated its recall of sandwiches to include a turkey quarter pounder and turkey quarter pounder with tomatoes.

Other sandwiches in the recall include the chicken quarter pounder, chicken quarter pounder with tomatoes, ham quarter pounder, ham quarter pounder with tomatoes and American Sub.

According to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Flying Foods recalled the products "because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes."

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the problem.

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. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women."

Scott said that as the investigation of Flying Foods continues, "we will respond quickly and effectively to all threats to the health and safety of our valued guests."

The food items remaining in RaceTrac stores come from other sources and are not subject to recall, Scott said.

Although the recalled products are beyond their sell-by dates, consumers who determine they still have affected product should destroy the product or return it to the location where purchased for a full refund, according to the FDA.

Consumers with questions can contact the Flying Food Group's representative, Ellen Pritsker at (312) 243-2122 ext. 127 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Emails can be sent to epritsker@flyingfood.com.