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November 27, 2002

Indiana Firm Has Recalled Luncheon Meat

Anderson, IN (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Mr. Pizza Inc. is recalling approximately 210 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat pork luncheon meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product subject to recall is 5 lb. packages of "MR PIZZA, INC., SLICED SPICED LUNCHEON MEAT." Each package bears the date code "11-20." In addition, each label bears the establishment code "EST. 4235" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The product was produced on November 20 and distributed to Pizza King establishments in northeastern Indiana.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, consumers should not eat this product," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners at these establishments may wish to ask if their meals contain 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, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

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 Rick Turner, company general manager, at (765) 643-7472.

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