About 2,609 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast

from Texas are being recalled. Products sold by New Braunfels Smokehouse of New Braunfels, Texas are being examined

because they may be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria

monocytogenes, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal

infections in young children, frail or elderly people, or people with

weakened immune systems.

Listeriai s killed by pasteurization and cooking; however, in

certain ready-to-eat foods, like hot dogs and cold cuts from the deli

counter, contamination may occur after cooking but before packaging.

The products subject to recall include:

-1-pound packages of New Braunfels Smokehouse Sliced Smoked Turkey with package code 2210 on the label.

-4- to 6-pound packages of New Braunfels Honey-Glazed Spiral Sliced

Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Boneless Breast of Turkey with package code


-4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Boneless Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast with package code 2210.

-4- to 6-pound whole breast packages of Stegall Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast with package code 2180 or 2210

Listeria is found in soil and water. Vegetables can become

contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer. Animals

can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods

of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products.

The turkey items were produced Aug. 4 and distributed nationwide.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company at