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December 20, 2001

Missouri Establishment Has Recalled Bratwurst

Warrensburg, Mo (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Alewel?s Country Meats has recalled approximately 115 pounds of bratwurst that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products being recalled are approximately 1 lb. packages of ?Grandpa A?s COUNTRY MEATS original BRATWURST WITH CHEESE.? The packages bear the date code ?DEC 10? and an establishment code ?EST. 5766? located inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were distributed at the establishment?s retail store, located at 911 N. Simpson Drive, Warrensburg, Mo.

?We urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers,? said Margaret O?K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. ?If they find any of the products listed above, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase.?

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 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 Randy Alewel, owner, at (660) 747-8261

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