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February 7, 2002

New York Establishment Has Recalled Sausage Products

Ridgewood NY (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Forest Pork Store Inc. has recalled approximately 1,800 pounds of ready-to-eat semi-dry sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are:

Each product is packed in various sized natural and/or artificial casings. Each package bears a sticker with the code number ?018.? Also on the package is the establishment code "EST. 4573," which is located inside the USDA seal of inspection.

These products were produced on Jan. 18 and distributed to retail and wholesale establishments in New York.

?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 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. 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 with questions about the recall may contact John Schiefele, company treasurer, at (718) 497-2853. Media with questions about the recall may contact Walter Kump, company secretary, at (718) 497-2853

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