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Synopsis December 25, 1998

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis — United States, 1998
An outbreak of listeriosis has affected 40 people in 10 states; 4 people have died.

As a result of this outbreak, the manufacturer has initiated a voluntary recall of hot dogs and other meat products from the following product lines Ball Park, Bil Mar, Bryan Bunsize and Bryan 3-lb Club Pack, Grillmaster, Hygrade, Mr. Turkey, Sara Lee Deli Meat, and Sara Lee Home Roast brands.

The affected products bear the Establishment Numbers EST P261 or EST 6911.

For more information visit: Recall Press Release

Listeriosis is a bacterium found in soil and water. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or fertilizer. Animals with the disease may not appear sick and can contaminate foods of animal origin such as meats and dairy products. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. The infection can spread to the nervous system causing headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. In the United States, approximately 1, 850 persons become seriously ill with listeriosis each year, and 425 of those die. The investigation into this outbreak is ongoing.