Sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches sold at more than 200 Starbucks stores have been recalled by the supplier because they might be contaminated with Listeria, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Routine testing revealed the presence of the potentially deadly bacteria on a contact surface at the production facility, prompting Massachusetts-based supplier Progressive Gourmet Inc. to take action, the FDA said on its website.
The sandwiches were recalled “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the FDA, which noted no illnesses have been reported to date.
The affected product comes in 6-ounce clear packaging, and is labeled with a “best before” date of Aug. 7, 2016, at the top, according to the FDA.
They were sold in 250 Starbucks locations in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma on March 3 and March 4.
Starbucks removed the sandwiches from the stores that potentially received them.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those who have weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, nausea and diarrhea. In pregnant woman, it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, the government agency said.
Progressive Gourmet is working with the FDA and the Massachusetts Department of Health to uncover the source.
Consumers who bought the breakfast sandwiches are encouraged to return them at the Starbucks where they were purchased.
They can also contact the company with any questions by calling 1-800-224-7630 weekdays between 6 a.m. 2 p.m.