January 28, 2000Koenemann's Holsteiner
Ready-to-Eat Dry Sausage Recalled
Volo, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Koenemann Sausage Co.
Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 200 pounds of dry sausage that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product being recalled is
''KOENEMANN'S HOLSTEINER'' ready-to-eat dry sausage in approximately one-pound packages.
Each package label bears ''EST. 7788'' inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Production of the product was
completed Jan. 12. It was distributed in the New York City metropolitan area.
''Because of the potential of
foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it
and to return it to the point of purchase,'' said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate
administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The problem was discovered through
routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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 headaches, 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.
At this point, FSIS has received no
reports of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician immediately.
Consumers and media with questions
about the recall may contact William Koenemann, president, Koenemann Sausage Co. Inc.,
tel. (815) 385-6260.
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