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