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May 11, 2000

Miko 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 Agriculture’s 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 package.

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, 2000.

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