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March 18, 1999
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Philadelphia Foods Recalls
"Philly's Finest" Kosher Beef Frankfurters
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Philadelphia Foods, Incorporated, a Westville, NJ, processing
firm, is voluntarily recalling 18 pounds of franks that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service
Subject to recall are 16-ounce
packages of "Philly's Finest" Kosher Beef Frankfurters. The products have a
"Sell-by" date of 5-07-99 on the back of the package, and bear "Est
1756l" in the U.S. Department of Agriculture seal.
The "Philly's Finest"
products were distributed in southern New Jersey.
"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.
No illnesses associated with
consumption of the recalled product have been reported to FSIS. Anyone concerned about an
illness should contact a physician immediately.
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
Consumers with questions about the
recall may contact Marvin Raab at (609) 456-8700.
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 l0 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday,
although recorded information is available 24 hours a day.