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July 30, 1999

"Old Fashioned Hot Dogs" Sold at Gerrity's Supermarkets Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Kingston, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Approximately 200 pounds of Gerrity’s brand "Old Fashioned Hot Dogs," that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being recalled according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recalled hot dogs, distributed only at Gerrity’s Supermarkets within the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, were sold in individually wrapped one-pound packages that bear "EST #4314" inside the USDA inspection mark. The hot dogs were also sold between July 19-29 at the Gerrity’s Supermarket delicatessen counters by bulk weight and bear no codes.

"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.

The FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with this product. 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. 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.

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.



The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.