December 5, 2001Utah Firm Recalls Luncheon Meats For
Possible Listeria Contamination
Salt Lake City, UT (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Shelton’s Majestic Meat Co.
pounds of luncheon meats that may be contaminated with Listeria
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The products subject
to recall are:
"BONELESS HAM & WATER PRODUCT,"
"BONELSS HAM WATER ADDED,"
"COOKED CORN BEEF,"
"PASTRAMI," and "ROAST BEEF."
These luncheon meats were produced on Nov. 28, and packed in various sized
packages. Each package bears "EST. 19915" inside the USDA seal of
The products were distributed to a sandwich shop in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, FSIS acting administrator.
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
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Shel Burt,
company owner, at (801) 486-4904.
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.