September 19, 2002
Pennsylvania Has Recalled Beef Product
Mt. Pleasant, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service
said that Overbrook
Brand Meats has recalled approximately 185 pounds of cooked and cured beef
loaf that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
The products subject to recall are 5-pound vacuum-packed bags of "Alfery?s
Overbrook BRAND, COOKED CURED BEEF LOAF." Each package bears the
establishment code "Est. 9702" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each
package also is stamped with a three-digit Julian date code and the products
subject to recall are numbered between "219 and 249."
The beef loaf was produced between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6 and distributed to
retail stores in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee FSIS administrator. "Consumers
should check their refrigerators and freezers for this product and return it
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. However, listeriosis can cause high fever,
severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems
? such as infants, pregnant women, the frail or elderly, persons with
chronic disease, those with HIV infection, or patients undergoing
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Michael F.
Alfery, company plant manager, at (724) 547-5270.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and
Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and
Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.