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July 30, 1999

Listeria Contamination In Loeffler's Gourmet, Sausage

TRENTON, NJ (SafetyAlerts -Routine monitoring by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has turned up a case of Listeria monocytogene contamination in Loeffler's Gourmet, Inc., sausage.  In light of this finding the Trenton, N.J., processing firm is voluntarily recalling approximately 200 pounds of  "Loeffler's Roasting Sausage," packaged in five-pound packages. The packages do not have any identifying codes.

The product was distributed only in the Trenton area from the Loeffler's Gourmet, Inc., retail outlet located at 482 Whitehead Road. "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.

Consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis.  Although healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, this uncommon disease can cause 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, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

Consumers with questions about food safety may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is staffed from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded information is available 24 hours a day.



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