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
Agricultures 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.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS
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
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,
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