Aldi recalls Fair Oaks Farms sausage patties sold in Illinois

Grocery chain Aldi is recalling sausage patties sold in stores in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa that might have been contaminated with listeria.

Its supplier, Fair Oaks Farms, estimates that more than 1,100 pounds of Breakfast Best Original Fully Cooked Sausage Patties is being recalled, but there have been no confirmed illnesses.

The problem was discovered when Fair Oaks' routine testing on the product indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The products were on hold at a distribution center but were inadvertently shipped, the USDA said.

Eating food contaminated with listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.-based Fair Oaks said the pork sausages were sold in 32-ounce bags bearing UPC No. 041498162436 and a "sell by" date of May 15, 2018. They also have the number 17479T inside the USDA's mark of inspection.

Aldi said customers who have the product should throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund.

Fair Oaks said customers with questions can call 800-528-8615, ext. 4116.

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