April 17, 2002
Indiana Firm Has Recalled Pizza Product
Evansville, IN (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Weber Foods Inc. has recalled approximately 100
pounds of fresh pizza that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
subject to recall is 7 oz. packages of "WEBER FOODS DELUXE FRENCH BREAD
PIZZA." Each product label bears the package code of "12099" and the
establishment code "EST. 6919" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The pizza was produced on April 9 and distributed to retail stores in
Indiana and Kentucky.
"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 and
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 Bob Weber,
president, Weber Foods Inc., at (812) 867-2479.