January 18, 2002
Florida Establishment Has Recalled Pork Products
Opa Locka, FL. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Special America's BBQ Inc.
approximately 150 pounds of fresh pork sausage products that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are approximately one pound packages of
"Special America's MR. TANGO Cuban Brand COOKED BUTIFARRA Cured Sausage."
Each package bears the lot number "LOT# 355," the sell-by date "SELL BY
2/20/02," and the establishment code "EST. 11179" located inside the USDA
seal of inspection.
These products were produced on Dec. 20, 2001 and distributed to retail
stores in Miami, Fla.
"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
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.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may Avio Presa, plant
manager, Special America's BBQ Inc., at (305) 681-5646.