Gas Station Sandwiches Can Kill You


If you eat pre-made sandwiches from gas stations, you now have something to worry about besides your apparent lack of sophistication.

For the second time this year, Chicago-based Flying Food Group has recalled processed meat products because of Listeria monocytogenes concerns, according to Food Safety News.

The company has warned that the chicken quarter pounder, chicken quarter pounder with tomatoes, ham quarter pounder, ham quarter pounder with tomatoes, and American subs — sold at RaceTrac gas stations in Georgia — might be contaminated with the deadly bacterium. These particular items come from the company’s Lawrenceville, Georgia, factory.

The sandwiches have a November 30 expiration date so they’re probably still on convenience-store shelves (next to the mold-growing pickled eggs and dust-gathering circus peanuts).

A RaceTrac spokeswoman just contacted Fork in the Road and assured that the sandwiches had been removed from the chain’s stores before the recall even took place. The gas giant has also cut off all ties with the Illinois company and will no longer stock its products, she said.

In July, Flying recalled some 240 pounds of chicken used in Starbucks bistro boxes. The conglomerate later broadened the recall, warning that an additional 6,901 pounds of chicken, turkey, beef and pork products — found in the coffee chain’s wraps and salads — could also be tainted with Listeria.

In an unrelated incident earlier this year, bad cantaloupes caused the deadliest Listeria outbreak in U.S. history, with 29 reported deaths, Reuters notes. Listeria can cause severe brain and spine swelling, and is the third-deadliest form of food-borne disease in America. Salmonella still tops the list.