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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 Listeria monocytogenes.

This is the first public notice of this Class I 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 chemotherapy.

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) 650-0518.

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

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