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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.

The product 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
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