Aug 4, 2000Three Tons of Chicken Nuggets
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Ahava Products
Corp. is voluntarily recalling approximately 6,000 pounds of imported chicken
nuggets that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The chicken nuggets were imported
from Israel and distributed in the New York City area and California.
The products subject to recall are two-pound packages of "Mamas Chicken"
chicken nuggets. Package labels bear the Israeli plant code "186 IL," a
production date of "6/11/00," and best before date of "6/12/01."
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check to see if
they have purchased the product," said FSIS Administrator Thomas J. Billy. "If
they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the
point of purchase."
The problem was discovered through
routine FSIS microbiological sampling of imported products.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most
common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening,
especially for infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV
infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are
diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be
chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Joseph Banayan, vice
president of sales and marketing, Ahava Products Corp., at (718) 243-2300, Ext. 122.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 4, 2000.
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