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May 4, 2000

The Meat Block Inc. Recalls Additional Sliced Meats for Restaurants

Muskegon, MI  (SafetyAlerts) - The Meat Block Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 215 pounds of sliced turkey, corned beef, ham, and roast beef 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 "MEAT Block" brands of "ROAST BEEF 120422 SHERWOOD," "OLDE VIRGINIA BRAND BONELESS HAM," "AD COOKED CORNED BEEF ROUND," and "TURKEY BREAST-COOKED SLICED 18614." All packages are labeled with a date code of "APR272000" and are random weight packages that vary from five to 10 pounds. The package labels bear establishments codes "P-10270" and "EST. 10270" inside the two USDA seals of inspection.

The meat products were sliced April 27 and distributed only to restaurants in Muskegon and Ottawa counties, Mich.

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

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 May 4, 2000.

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