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August 28, 1999

California Wholesaler Recalls Over 33,700 Pounds of Contaminated Turkey Franks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a Class I recall of over 33, 700 pounds of turkey franks because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled franks were distributed by Foster Farms of Livingston California to users in California, Texas, Utah, Washington, Nevada and Oregon.  The tem "users" usually refers to wholesale, retail or food service outlets such as restaurants.

The 5 inch turkey franks were distributed in ten-pound, bulk-packed cases and carry the following production dates and product codes:

Produced April 21, 1999. Product Code 96889. Each case is marked immediately under the bar code with 03-9111-(xxxx) xxxx may be any digits, 9111 represents the Julian date.

Foster Farms was notified by a customer that turkey franks produced on April 21, 1999, were tested and found positive for L. monocytogenes. The shipment was returned to the establishment on August 20, 1999, and tested for the firm at a private laboratory. The private laboratory reported the product positive for L. monocytogenes on August 27, 1999. Foster Farms notified the FSIS Inspector-in-Charge and the Emergency Response Division, FSIS, on August 27, 1999.

No press release was issued by the company. The firm has notified its customers verbally and will follow-up with letters.

For further information interested individuals can call Foster Farms Corporate Representatives Micheal Fineman and Heidi White at (415) 777-6933 or Randi Boyce and  John Bartelme, (209) 394-7901

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