Aug 8, 2000Sliced Ham, Turkey, Beef, and
Pastrami Recalled by Tri City Meats
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)
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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