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November 12, 2000

Maple Leaf Farms Crunchy Chicken Patties Recalled

Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is warning that certain lots of Maple Leaf Farms Crunchy Chicken Patties have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes

The patties are packaged in 30-ounce boxes with 12 breaded patties per box.  The boxes have a USDA inspection establishment number of P2375 and production code of 02763. The patties were manufactured by Serenade Foods, Inc., of Milford, Indiana.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The exact distribution of this product was not indicated in the report issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

“If you have any of the packages listed in the recall, please do not eat them,” Commissioner Irvin warned.   “Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a disease that can be fatal to infants, the frail or elderly and persons with chronic disease.”

“Our inspectors will be looking for these packages when they are checking grocery stores and warehouses and make sure they are removed from the shelves,” Commissioner Irvin said.  “Consumers who have any of this product should return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” said Irvin.

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