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WILLOUGHBY, Ill. -- The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) reported a Circle K convenience store located on Vine Street here was forced to remove all American Submarine sandwiches from its shelves Wednesday after one tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous food-borne bacterium.
Cindy Brown, an ODA spokeswoman, told The Plain Dealer a sample of an American Submarine sandwich was taken by a state food-safety official on Aug. 18. Despite testing positive for the bacteria, no illnesses have been reported, Brown said in statement.
Brown explained the sandwich provider for Circle K stores, Landshire Inc. of Bellville, Ill., requested all stores immediately remove the product from their shelves.
While not connected, the Canadian federal government confirmed a Listeria bacteria outbreak originating from a Maple Leaf Food’s plant is responsible for the deaths of six people and is suspected in the deaths of six others.