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Dierbergs pulling some meat products after listeria outbreak recall

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CHESTERFIELD — Dierbergs Markets has pulled one brand’s sausage, salami, bacon and much more from its shelves after a listeria outbreak hit a meat processing plant in Albers, Illinois.

The affected beef and pork products were made at Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc. between July 7 and Sept. 9 of this year. More than 87,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meats — such as summer sausage, meat sticks, smoked ribs, wieners — are affected by the voluntary recall.

More than 60 products are part of the recall effort, and more may be announced. All will say “EST 20917” within the USDA mark of inspection.

Behrmann Meat and Processing sells to more than 200 grocery stores, markets, restaurants and VFW halls across all of Missouri and Illinois; it also does business in Indiana and Kentucky. Not every location that buys from the company sells the affected products.

Schnuck Markets do not sell Behrmann products. Save-A-Lot typically does not, a spokeswoman said, although individual stores have the freedom to deal with distributors on their own.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions to the products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Evidence of listeria was discovered during product and environmental testing of the facilities.

Listeriosis, which is caused by consuming listeria bacteria, can cause fever, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance and convulsions, and is often preceded by gastrointestinal distress. It primarily affects older people, pregnant women and their newborns and people with compromised immune systems, and can lead to infections that are occasionally fatal.

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