May 10, 2000Cretons Pork Spread Recalled for
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 Agricultures
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The product subject to recall is
"Mailhots 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
"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,
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