May 28, 1999
Pennsylvania Meat Company Recalls
Weisswurst Sausage For Listeria Contamination
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts)
- Alpine Wurst & Meat House, a Honesdale, Pa., meat company is voluntarily
recalling about 60 pounds of weisswurst sausage that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are sold-to-order packages of
weisswurst sold between May 18 and May 25, 1999. The product was distributed only at the
meat companys retail counter.
"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
USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service.
FSIS discovered the problem through its routine
monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
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 weakened immune systems--infants, the frail or
elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy for
At this point, FSIS has received no reports of
illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a
Consumers with questions about the recalled
product can call Mark Eifert, Vice President of Alpine Wurst & Meat House at (570)
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 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, although recorded
information is available 24 hours a day.
For Further Information, Contact:
- Consumers: Meat and Poultry
Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
- Media: (202) 720-3897
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