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February 5, 1999
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Contact: Liz Lapping
Hempler's Franks and Weiners
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - B. B. Meat & Sausage Co. Inc., a Bellingham, Washington, meat
processing firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,500 pounds of franks and
knockwurst that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the U. S.
Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are the following
Hempler's Bun Buster Franks
Hempler's Old Fashioned Weiners
Hempler's Cooked Bockwurst Sell-by:
The packages bear "Est
6410" in the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection mark. The products were
packaged on January 2l, 1999, and distributed to consumers in Washington, Oregon, and
"Because of the potential of
foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it
and to return it to the point of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, associate
administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Glavin also urged consumers to
check their refrigerators and freezers for the product.
FSIS discovered the problem through
its routine monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
At this point, FSIS has no evidence
linking this product to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint
FSIS and CDC investigation.
Consumption of food contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal
disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. The most common manifestation of
listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of high fever, severe headache, neck
stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as
serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems--infants, the
frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy
Anyone concerned about an illness
should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may phone the B. B. Meat & Sausage Co. at 360-734-5330 for additional