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May 13, 2000

Polk's Meat Products Inc. Recalls 5,900 lbs of Sausage

Bay Springs, MS (SafetyAlerts) - Polk’s Meat Products, Inc., a Bay Springs, Miss., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,900 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

This is a Class 1 recall.

The products subject to recall are: "Polk’s" brand "Smoked Sausage" made with pork, "Smoked Sausage" made with beef, and "Cajun Style Smoked Sausage;" "Mississippi SAUSAGE;" "HICKORY HOLLOW FARMS" brand "SMOKED SAUSAGE" made with pork; and "MAGNOLIA" brand "SMOKED SAUSAGE." The labels bear "EST. 12647" inside the USDA mark of inspection and "SELL BY JUN 30" is stamped on the package. The products were packaged in one, two and a half, three, and five pound packages.

The products were packaged April 27 and distributed to retail stores in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Chicago, Ill.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers. If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase," said FSIS administrator Thomas J. Billy.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact William Whittington, manager, Polk’s Meat Products, Inc., at (601) 792-2044.

The problem was discovered through company testing. The company informed FSIS of its test results and initiated a recall.

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 food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 13, 2000.

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