July 30, 1999
Fashioned Hot Dogs" Sold at Gerrity's Supermarkets Recalled for Possible Listeria
Kingston, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- Approximately 200 pounds of Gerritys brand "Old Fashioned Hot Dogs,"
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being recalled according
to the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recalled hot dogs, distributed only at Gerritys 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 Gerritys 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
USDAs 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
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.