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March 18, 2002

Minnesota Firm Has Recalled Turkey Products

Pelican Rapids, MN (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that West Central Turkeys Inc. has recalled approximately 23,000 pounds of fully cooked turkey products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall were produced on Dec. 31, 2001.

The following products subject to recall are 18 to 20-pound boxes of:

"Jennie-O Blue Ribbon, Smoked White Turkey with Broth & Carmel Coloring." Each box has the case code "8698-02." Each box contains two 8 to10-pound vacuum-sealed bags. Both the box and bag bear "P-403" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "USE OR FREEZE BY 03/21/02."
This product was distributed to delis and food service distributors in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

"JenNie-O Hickory Smoked, Turkey Breast With Broth." Each box has the case code "8547-25." Each box contains two 8 to 10-pound vacuum-sealed bags. Both the box and bag bear "P-403" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "USE OR FREEZE BY 03/26/02." This product was distributed to delis in Indiana.
"Wegmans Delicatessen, 99% Fat free, 1% Fat, Fully Cooked Turkey Breast." Each box has the case code "11115 WEGMANS, 0111-15." Each box contains two 8 to10-pound vacuum-sealed bags. Both the box and bag bear "P-403" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "USE OR FREEZE BY 02/14/02." This product was distributed to delis in New York.

Also subject to recall are 10 to 12-pound boxes of:

JENNIE-O TURKEY HAM, CURED TURKEY THIGH MEAT CHUNKED & FORMED, WATER ADDED." Each box has the case code "8569." Each box contains two 5 to 6-pound vacuum-sealed bags. Both the box and bag bear "P-403" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "USE OR FREEZE BY 03/16/02." This product was distributed to a foodservice distributor in Minnesota.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "Consumers in these states may wish to ask if the turkey products they purchased at their supermarket delis were a part of the recall."

The company discovered the problem and reported it to FSIS.

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 with questions about the recall may contact Julie Craven, Vice President, Public Affairs, at (507) 437-5345. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Shelly Kroc, Consumer Affairs, at (800) 621-3505.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day
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