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April 26, 2000

Sliced Roast Beef and Boneless Ham for Restaurants Recalled by Meat Block, Inc.

Muskegon, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The Meat Block, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 180 pounds of sliced roast beef and sliced boneless ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are 4 ounce packages and one 10-pound package of "MEAT Block" brand "ROAST BEEF 17239" and 5 to 17 pound random weight packages of "MEAT Block" brand "OLDE VIRGINIA BRAND BONELESS HAM." The package labels bear establishment codes "P-10270" and "EST.10270" inside the two USDA seals of inspection.

The roast beef and ham were sliced and packaged April 20, and distributed to restaurants in Muskegon County.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Administrator Thomas J. Billy.

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 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.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Harvey Anderson, owner, The Meat Block, Inc., at (231) 773-0187.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers April 26, 2000.

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