FSIS News and Information
January 15, 1999
Oscar Mayer Recalls 28,313
Pounds of Deli Meat
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation, a
Madison, Wisconsin meat processing firm, is voluntarily recalling 28,313 pounds of deli
meat 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 two variety pack deli meats,
"OSCAR MAYER All American Variety Pack, 10 oz." and "OSCAR MAYER Club
Sandwich Variety Pack, 9 oz." with the JAN 12 date in the upper left corner on the
back of the package. In addition, packages bear EST 537A or P-1449 in the U.S. Department
of Agriculture inspection mark.
Products were sliced and packaged on October 29,
1998, and distributed nationwide within the U.S. and also to Singapore, Bermuda, Aruba,
St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
"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 Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's
Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Based on a report of a consumer illness in Kansas
City, Missouri, FSIS tested intact packages of the Oscar Mayer product. A positive result
for Listeria monocytogenes prompted the recall.
At this point FSIS has no evidence linking this
product to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint FSIS and CDC
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious 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 among pregnant women, as
well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune
systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease or HIV infection
or taking chemotherapy for cancer.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a
Consumers may also contact the company at
1-800-433-9362 from 7 a.m. CST to 10 p.m. CST.