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May 10, 2000

Cretons Pork Spread Recalled for Contamination

Lewiston, ME (SafetyAlerts) - E.W. Mailhot Sausage Co. is voluntarily recalling approximately 210 pounds of pork spread that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The product subject to recall is "Mailhot’s Best" brand "CRETONS PORK SPREAD" in 10-ounce plastic cups and five-pound tin pans. The packages have a "sell by 0526" sticker on the label, and "EST. 9662" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The pork spread was produced April 27 and distributed to the retail level in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect products not to eat them, but to return them to the point of purchase," said Administrator Thomas J. Billy.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Roger Mailhot, president, at (207) 786-2454.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 10, 2000.

 
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