May 11, 2000Miko Brand Frankfurters and Miko Reds Recalled for Contamination
Hilo, HI (SafetyAlerts) - Designer Meats, Inc. is
voluntarily recalling approximately 1,125 pounds of cooked sausages that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to recall are 16-ounce
packages of "MIKO" brand "FRANKFURTERS" and "MIKO REDS,"
(chicken and beef franks). Both products bear a code of "05002" on the package.
The Miko Reds bear "P-17423" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package,
and the Frankfurters bear "EST. 5884" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the
The products were packaged May 2 and distributed
to retail stores in Hawaii County, Hawaii. FSIS has received no reports of illness
associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
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.
"Because of the potential for foodborne
illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect products not to eat them, but to
return them to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.
Consumers and media with questions about the
recall may contact Del Boyer, general manager, Designer Meats, Inc., at (808) 935-0841.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 11,
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