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May 24, 2002

New York Firm Has Recalled Franks and Bologna

Bronx, NY (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that PRG Packing Corp., doing business as Packing Corp Ferris, Stahl- Meyer has recalled approximately 77,000 pounds of ready-to-eat franks and bologna that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products subject to recall were produced on May 11 and were distributed to food service distributors in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York:

3-to-5-pound packages of "Stahl-Meyer BEEF Frankfurters, HICKORY SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED." Each product bears "EST. 5281" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each package also bears a sell by date, "0714."
5-pound packages of "SABRETT SKINLESS BEEF FRANKFURTERS, HICKORY SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." Each package bears "EST. 5281" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each package also bears the sell by date, "0714."
The following product was produced on May 13-14 and distributed to food service distributors in New York:

3.5-pound packages of "Stahl-Meyer’s Turkey Bologna." Each package bears "P-5281" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each package also bears the sell by date "08-14."
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point 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, sever 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 Guillermo Gonzalez, company president, at (718) 328-0059.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline, which is available to English and Spanish speaking callers, 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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