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July 29, 1999

Updated Aug. 17, 1999

Bacon Pieces and Bacon Bits for Restaurants Found to be Contaminated With Listeria.

Click here for August 17 Update.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) -- The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service announced a recall affecting over 85,000 pounds of Bacon Bits and Bacon Pieces packaged for use only in restaurants because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The bacon products where sold by Marburger Packing, Incorporated, under the labels of "Real Bacon Topping", "Bacon Pizza Topping", "Premium Small Real Bacon Chips", "Real Cooked Bacon Topping", and "Fully Cooked Bacon Bits" and were packed in various size boxes of 10, 20, and 27.5 pounds.

Company has contacted distributors in Kentucky, Oregon, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, Wisconsin, and North Carolina by phone and in writing.  A spokesman for Marburger Foods stated that the majority of the product has been recovered and is in route back to the warehouse.

Update Aug 4:  The USDA has now released information indicating the distribution of the bacon products is larger than originally reported.  The additional states added to the list are Iowa, Montana, Washington State, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

"The risk of consumers becoming ill from eating this product is very slight," a spokesman for the company said, "Although the product is pre-cooked, it is re-cooked at the restaurants." This re-cooking can greatly reduce the potential for illness.

The contaminated products can be identified by the production dates of July 5, 6, 7, 8, 21, and 22, 1999.  All boxes are identified with the establishment name (Marburger Foods), establishment number in the inspection legend (# 6863), and any of the following codes:

MF7050 (HR) 0100A or B; MF 7060 (HR) 0100 A or B; MF7080 (HR) 00100 A or B; MF 7022 (HR) 0100 A or B; 07 06 99; 07 07 99; 07 21 99 A or B.

No military, child nutrition, or export products are involved.

Marburger Packing became aware of the problem when a sample analyzed for the establishment by a private laboratory reported the Listeria on July 26, 1999. Marburger Packing reported the finding and its intention to recall to the FSIS on July 27, 1999. The company utilizes private contracting in addition to the routine inspections conducted by the FSIS.

Institutions that may have received this product can contact Mr. Brose McVey, of Marburger Packing at (317)-816-8656 with any additional questions

Update Aug 17:
Additional Product labels added - Premium Real Bacon Chips, Cooked Bacon Topping, Precooked Single Slice Bacon Thick Sliced, Precooked Bacon, Precooked Bacon Strips and Real Bacon Chips

New production dates added to Include July 17 and July 19 and additional Codes of 7091(HR) 0100A or B; 7091(HR) 0700 A or B; 7071(HR) 1099 A or B; 07 19 99 A or B; and 9 07 19.
Distribution area has also been expanded to include Florida, Minnesota, Utah, Mississippi.


For Further Information, Contact:

  • Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
    1-800-256-7072 (TTY)

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