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May 14, 1999

North Carolina Firm Recalls Luncheon Meats For Potential Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) -  White Packing Co., a Williamston, N.C., processing company, is voluntarily recalling about 16,392 pounds of sliced ham, salami, and luncheon meats because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The recalled meat and poultry products have a "sell-by" date of "Jun 23," on the package and also bear "EST 1246" in the USDA inspection mark. (Below is a list of specific products.)

The products were sliced and packaged on May 4, 1999, and distributed within Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and New Jersey.

FSIS discovered the problem through its routine monitoring program. A sample was found positive for Listeria monocytogenes on May 12, 1999.

"Because of the potential for 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.

Consumption of foods contaminated with the bacterium 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 weak immune systems--newborns, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

No illnesses associated with consumption of the recalled product have been reported to FSIS. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

People with questions about the recall may contact the company at 252-792-8137

List of Luncheon Meats Recalled by White Packing Company on May 14, 1999

  • Super A Cooked Salami (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Cooked Salami (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Cooked Beef Salami (1 pound)
  • Super A Luncheon Loaf (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Luncheon Loaf (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Bologna (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Turkey Bologna (1 pound)
  • Super A Bologna (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Bologna (1 pound)
  • Super A Chicken Bologna (1 pound)
  • Western Beef Chicken Bologna (1 pound)
  • Shop Rite Sliced Cooked Salami (1 pound)
  • Jesse Jones Thick Bologna (12 ounce)
  • 97% fat free Olymel P.L.U.S. Imported Hand Carved Ham (1 pound)
  • Jesse Jones Premium Ham (8 ounce)
  • Western Beef Cooked Ham (12 ounce)
  • Jesse Jones Premium Chopped Ham (8 ounce)

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