December 21, 2001North Carolina Establishment Has Recalled
Sausage Patties For Possible Listeria Contamination
Fayetteville, N.C. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Larry’s Sausage Co.
3,300 pounds of frozen sausage patties that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products being
recalled are 12-pound cases of "Larry’s Fully Cooked Whole Hog Sausage
Patties." Each case contains 96 2-ounce patties. The cases bear the date
code "121201" and an establishment code "EST. 8305" located inside the USDA
seal of inspection.
The products were distributed to institutions in North Carolina.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Listeria
monocytogenes, diners may wish to ask if meals made with sausage patties
contain the recalled product," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, acting FSIS
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 Sheila Abe,
president of Larry’s Sausage Co., at (910) 483-5148.
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.