DEC. 22 UPDATE: The USDA has posted a list of stores that likely received the recalled pepperoni.
About 21,980 8-ounce packs of unsliced Margherita Meats Pepperoni were recalled from retail stores nationwide because it might be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.
As the USDA-written recall notice states, Bacillus cereus is a microorganism that produces toxins that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
“Those with compromised immune systems are at risk for more severe illness. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care including antibiotics are the usual treatment,” the recall notice states.
But the USDA wasn’t the government agency that found the contamination — the Department of Defense did.
If you have pepperoni sticks from lot No. P1931C with a use by date of 12-14-21, toss them or return them to the store for a full refund.
Consumers with questions can call Margherita at 844-342-2596.
This story was originally published December 16, 2021 9:11 AM.