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Spartan Stores Issues Voluntary Recall of Deli Products, Citing Listeria Concerns

The Michigan-based company supplies goods to a number of local stores, including one in Ferndale.

An extensive recall of goods was announced Thursday by Grand Rapids food distribution company Spartan Stores, which supplies pre-packaged foods to hundreds of supermarkets statewide.

According to a release on the Food and Drug Administration website, the recall was issued voluntarily.

The recall cites concerns of listeria contamination, although no reports of illness have been received. Additionally, Spartan Stores noted in a release that contamination had not been confirmed, and that the measure was "precautionary and is being initiated to ensure the highest degree of confidence to our customers."

The list of affected foods includes mostly deli items, and is extensive. For a full list of recalled products—which consumers are encouraged to discard, or return for a full refund—go to the Spartan Stores Recall page.

One store in Ferndale - Ferndale Foods on W. Nine Mile Road - carries Spartan goods.

For a full list of affected stores, go to the Spartan Store website.

Anyone concerned about a possible illness due to consumption of the products is advised to contact their health care provider immediately. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumers with questions are asked to contact Spartan Consumer Affairs at 800-451-8500.

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