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June 1, 1999

North  Dakota Meat Company Recalls Wieners for Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Valley Meat Supply, a Valley City, N.D., firm is voluntarily recalling approximately 150 pounds of beef wieners and frankfurters that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The packaged products being recalled vary in weight, but are approximately one pound each. The wieners are packed in 10 count units and the frankfurters are packed in 5 count units, and bear only a price label. Product being recalled was sold between May 22 and June 1. The product was distributed only at the meat company’s 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 USDA’s 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. Listeriosis 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.

At this point, FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should consult a physician immediately.

Consumers with questions about the recalled product can call Rod Haugtvedt, Valley Meat Supply manager, at (701) 845-4705.

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);
    1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
  • Media: (202) 720-3897

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