July 30, 1999
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.