April 17, 2002
Virginia Firm Has Recalled Pork Product
Zuni, VA (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that A.L. Duck Jr. Inc. has recalled
approximately 190 pounds of fresh, ready-to-eat souse loaf that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
subject to recall is "DUCK'S Souse Loaf" distributed in 6 lb. boxes. Each
box bears a date code "APR 12," "APR 15," or "APR 16," as well as the
establishment code "EST. 6605" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Once the
product reaches retail stores, it is separated into packages of various
sizes marked only with the label "DUCK's Souse Loaf."
The souse loaf was produced on April 9 and distributed to retail stores in
Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said Ronald Hicks, acting FSIS administrator.
"Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to eat it but to
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 chemotherapy.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Brenda Redd,
owner, A.L Duck Jr. Inc., at (757) 562-2387.