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FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
October 23, 1998

HORMEL RECALLS FROZEN CHEESEBURGERS
BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

Hormel Foods Corporation of Austin, Minnesota, is recalling its 4.8 ounce packages of Quick Meal frozen cheeseburger sandwiches because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages
and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled cheeseburger sandwiches were distributed in retail stores in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The product comes in a 4.8 ounce package marked with lot # 09248E. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an institution receiving the product revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 4.8 ounce packages of cheeseburger sandwiches. The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Consumers who have purchased 4.8 ounce packages of Quick Meal cheeseburger sandwiches are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-523-4635.

 

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.