March 5, 2002
Caritas Ranch BarBQ Has Recalled Beef and Pork
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