February 23, 2000Gold Kist Inc. Recalls 114,000
Pounds of Chicken Nuggets and Patties Produced for School Lunch Program
Further Testing by USDA Shows No Listeria Contamination
Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Gold Kist Inc. today
announced that it was voluntarily notifying warehouses in six states to stop distribution
of nine lots of chicken nuggets and patties produced for the USDA commodity school
lunch program. This action was taken after one sample of the product was tested and
showed the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
The nine lots involve approximately 114,000 pounds
of product which were processed on January 25, 2000, and shipped to warehouses in Ohio,
Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The recalled nuggets and patties were packaged in
20-pound and 40-pound boxes with 10-digit lot codes beginning with 00125 and Est. P-413
appears within the USDA mark of inspection.
A spokesman for Gold Kist, stated that they have
received indication that all of the recalled products are on hand in the various
facilities and further distribution has been stopped.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness in people
if proper cooking procedures are not followed. It is most dangerous to pregnant
women, newborns, persons with weakened immune systems, and the elderly.
Listeria monocytogenes is universally present and can be found in airborne dust particles.
It can easily contaminate food at any point after cooking.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is
testing a duplicate food sample and ambient air samples taken from the warehouses where
the food was stored. The Ohio Department said that if it finds the same strain of
the bacterium in the air sample, it would suggest the source of contamination was not the
chicken processing plant.
Gold Kist asked the warehouses to hold the
products until results are available from its tests and those of the ODA. The
company has informed the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service of its actions.
FSIS is responsible for inspecting products processed at its plants.
Questions concerning this recall should be
directed to Gold Kist Inc. at 1-800-241-3972.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers February 23,
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