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February 18, 1999
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Georgia Firm Recalls Lowell
Franks and Smoked Sausages for Listeria
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Lowell Packing Co., a Fitzgerald, Ga.,
firm is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,500 pounds of franks and smoked sausages
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products are marked with
packaging code 4l on the back of the package, and bear establishment number 2600 or P-2600
in the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection seal. The products subject to the recall
Lowell Frankfurters - l pound
Lowell Red Hots (Franks) - l pound
Colony City Smoked Sausages - 1 2
pound, 1 3/4 pound, and 4 pound packages.
The products were distributed in
central and south Georgia, and in eastern Alabama.
"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.
FSIS discovered the problem through
its routine monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
At this point, FSIS has received no
reports of illness associated with this product. Also, FSIS has no evidence linking this
product to the recent nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint FSIS and
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 weak immune systems--infants, the frail or
elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or undergoing chemotherapy.
Anyone concerned about an illness
should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may phone the Lowell Packing Company at 912-423-2051 for additional information.