Food Safety and Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
News and Information
TURKEY FRANKS RECALLED FOR UNDERPROCESSING
Washington, September 21, 1998 -- Bil Mar Foods, a Zeeland, Mich.,
food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 pounds of turkey franks
because some of the product may have been underprocessed, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture announced today.
All 3-pound packages of "Mr. Turkey Jumbo Franks" with the
sell-by date "OCT 1" are being recalled. "EST. P-261" appears inside
the USDA inspection seal on the product label. No other product or size is affected by the
The turkey franks were distributed to retail food stores in the
following 13 states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North
Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.
"Because of the potential foodborne illness hazard, we urge
consumers who have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of
purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection
The problem was discovered when the plant noticed elevated levels of
moisture in some packaged product.
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: To help consumers identify the product, the company has provided the
following toll-free consumer inquiry number: 800-537-7328. The number can be called from
6:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time Mondays through Fridays, with a recorded message at other