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October 5, 2001

Golden Platter Foods Recalls 7,500 Pounds of Frozen Chicken Products

Newark, N.J. (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Golden Platter Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 7,500 pounds of frozen chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is the first public notice of this Class I recall issued by the FSIS.

The products subject to recall were produced on Sept. 26, and distributed to retail and wholesale establishments in New Jersey and New York.

The retail products identifiable to consumers are:

3 lb. bags of "Western Beef FULLY COOKED BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS SHAPED PATTIES," 3 lb. bags of "Western Beef FULLY COOKED BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES," and 3 lb. bags of "Western Beef FULLY COOKED BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS SHAPED PATTIES." Each bag bears the establishment number "P-8813" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The wholesale products subject to recall are:

10 lb. cases of halal "GOLDEN PLATTER FOODS Fully Cooked Breaded CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS," 10 lb. cases of "GOLDEN HALAL WHITE CHICKEN PATTIES FULLY COOKED ," and 10 lb. cases of "GOLDEN HALAL WHITE CHICKEN NUGGETS FULLY COOKED." Each case is marked with a date code of "SEP 2 6 2001" and each case bears the establishment number "P-8813" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "If theyfind the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return themto the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological testing.

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 illnesses associated with consumption ofthis product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Eli Barzvi, president, Golden Platter Foods Inc., at (973) 242-0290..

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