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Aug 8, 2000

Sliced Ham, Turkey, Beef, and Pastrami Recalled by Tri City Meats

Meridian, ID (SafetyAlerts) - Tri City Meats, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 380 pounds of various ready-to-eat products 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 1- to 2-pound packages of sliced ham, turkey breast, beef, and pastrami. The packages have no identification markings, but are distributed in boxes, totaling a weight of 10 pounds. The box labels have the customer's name and production code of "7/31/00." The boxes also bear EST. 11063 or P-11063 inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were sliced and packaged on July 31 and distributed to restaurants and hospitals in Idaho and Oregon.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "Consumers may wish to ask if meals purchased at restaurants or consumed in hospitals are subject to the recall."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Randy Hetrick, vice president, Tri City Meats, Inc., at (208) 884-2600.

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, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 8, 2000.

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