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March 5, 2002

Caritas Ranch BarBQ Has Recalled Beef and Pork Sausage

Boerne, TX  (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Caritas Ranch BarBQ Inc. has recalled approximately 360 pounds of beef and pork sausage that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are 20 lb. cases of "SMOKED SAUSAGE CARITAS RANCH BAR-B-Q fully cooked." Each case bears the code "00657" and the establishment code "EST. 20207" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced on Feb. 25 and distributed to hotels, restaurants, and institutions in Houston, Texas.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Ronald Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Diners 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 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.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Joe Ouellette, HACCP quality control director, Caritas Ranch BarBQ Inc., at (830) 336-2858

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