February 13, 2002Don Pedro's Meats Has Recalled Seasoned
La Puente, CA (SafetyAlerts)
United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service,
(FSIS) said that Don Pedro's Meats has recalled
approximately 22 pounds of dried, seasoned beef that may be contaminated
with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product subject to recall is 5 lb. cases of "DON PEDRO'S MEAT, BEEF
CECINA 'SECA' CON CHILE, DRIED BEEF W/ CHILE, SEASONED BEEF." Each case is
marked with a production date of "02/04/02" and bears "EST. 20946" inside
the USDA seal of inspection.
The product was produced on Feb. 4 and distributed to retail stores in
"Because of the potential for serious foodborne illness, we want consumers
to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, acting FSIS
administrator. "Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to
eat it and return it to the place 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
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Israel
Rodriguez, quality control manager, Don Pedro's Meats, at (626) 336-8900.