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Recall forces sandwich company out of business

Posted October 14, 2009

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— Fisher-Rex Sandwich Co. has shut down in the wake of a Friday recall of some of its prepackaged sandwiches.

Tests showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product samples, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The recalled products were distributed to convenience stores, gas stations and other retail stores in North and South Carolina and Virginia.

Recall forces sandwich company out of business Sandwich company closes after recall

No illnesses related to the products have been reported.

A man who declined to give his name but identified himself as the manager at the company's Raleigh headquarters said Wednesday the 81-year-old firm had decided to go out of business. Forty people were laid off, he said.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Healthy people coming in contact with Listeria may suffer short-term symptoms of high fever, a severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

"A lot of people will have Listeria infections may get sick and not even know it," said Dr. Allen Mask, of WRAL's Health Team.

Mask suggests anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should check with their doctor, especially if the symptoms get worse.

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  • concerncitizen Oct 16, 4:21 p.m.

    veyor or carolinagurl, if you know. Were they actually make the sandwiches or buying them pre-packaged?

  • seankelly15 Oct 16, 12:31 p.m.

    tgcmisc - "... defensive mechanism to avoid extended litigation.
    It is this type of litigation that is gradually destroying our American Economy"

    What litigation? There was no mention of any litigation in the story.

  • PookieYam Oct 15, 4:54 p.m.

    Lol those sandwiches were a safer bet on the "maggot wagon" that traveled around to construction sites than the "fresh" stuff they were selling. Never were quite sure what was in the biscuts they were selling, but a Fisher sandwich at least gave the ingreadients. ;-P

  • Boogalooboy Oct 15, 3:08 p.m.

    Hey UNC Phd, u don't get out a great deal do you??

  • Grandpeople Oct 15, 2:37 p.m.

    Too bad for the people that are loosing their jobs. I only hope that no one gets really sick and dies.

    But Wait - Obama - Prez almighty will give them a bail out I am sure and they don't have to worry about health insurance because I will be paying for that. So may be it isn't so bad after all.

  • Here kitty kitty Oct 15, 2:33 p.m.

    I can't figure out how you recall already eaten sandwiches. And how did they discover it? Was if found in the food or in the place they are made? I've not been completely clear on this.

  • DrJ Oct 15, 1:17 p.m.

    This was never a big company, nor did it likely ever turn a big profit. I suspect the recall was enough that they just didn't think they could withstand the loss of sales that would have undoubtedly resulted from the negative publicity. Lots of small businesses would be out of business tomorrow if they had a similar adverse situation arise.

    I don't know where people get the idea they want to avoid lawsuits when nobody's even gotten sick. They're sandwiches that are easily pulled off the shelves, not faulty wiring installed in buildings all over the country.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Oct 15, 9:26 a.m.

    Sounds like this company did not do proper business risk management and obtain insurance to cover this type of risk. If they were in business for 81 years, what was their business plan? Plus, no one got sick from the sandwitches, and this was a recall where they could take it as a loss (e.g. business expense) and redistribute in a month (or two at the worse).

    Something is fishy about this and it is not the sandwitches...

  • veyor Oct 15, 8:06 a.m.

    I must have eaten hundreds of those delicious sandwiches over the years. Real sorry to hear they are going out of business. Years ago they were in "country" stores, and were replaced daily.

  • kcfoxie Oct 15, 8:06 a.m.

    Their sandwiches were actually really good, its really unfortunate this turned out as it did.

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