November 27, 2002
Indiana Firm Has Recalled Luncheon
Anderson, IN (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that Mr. Pizza Inc. is recalling
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.