October 8, 2001
Illinois Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible Listeria Contamination
Chicago, Ill. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Rymer Meat Inc. is recalling approximately 5,600
pounds of frozen, cooked beef products that may be contaminated with
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The product subject to recall is ?USDA CHOICE SEASONED
SHREDDED BEEF WITH ONIONS? in 10-pound boxes. The labels bear ?EST. 6972?
inside the USDA seal of inspection, and one of the following date codes:
?2605101,? ?2605103,? ?2605104,? ?2605105,? or ?2605106.?
The beef products were produced on Sept. 21, and distributed to hotels,
restaurants, and institutions in Pennsylvania.
?Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall,? said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. ?Diners may
wish to ask restaurants or establishments where they consume beef products
if their meal contains the recalled product.?
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, sever
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
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Paul Conti, Rymer Meat CEO
and president, at (773) 650-0505. Consumers with questions about the recall
may contact Harvey Yep, Rymer Meat technical services manager at (773)
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.