June 18, 1999
Sausages Recalled in Hawaii
Because of Listeria
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Redondos Inc., a Waipahu, Hawaii, processing firm
is voluntarily recalling approximately 9,620 pounds of "Hawaiian Winners," a
sausage product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S.
Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are 16-oz
packages of "Hawaiian Winners" with 10 sausages per package. The packages have a
"sell by" date of July 22 and the product number 7336620172. The label will also
bear "EST 1721" in the USDA inspection mark.
The "Winners" were
distributed in the state of Hawaii.
"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 after
being notified by U.S. Army officials and follow-up testing at the retail level. Based on
the military findings, the company began a market withdrawal of the product. FSIS will
monitor the course of the recall.
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
contact a physician immediately.
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, and
recorded information is available 24 hours a day.
For Further Information,
- Consumers: Meat and Poultry
Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
- Media: (202) 720-3897
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