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January 23,  2002

South Dakota Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible Listeria Contamination

(SafetyAlerts) - Dakota Foods Inc., a Sioux Falls, S.D., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of cooked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are 30-pound cases containing twelve 2.5-pound individual packages of "ORION, Quality Products Through Quality People, COOKED SEASONED SLICED BEEF." Each case bears the code "75718" and the establishment code "7096" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced on Nov. 6, 2002, and distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Sioux Falls, S.D., and exported to Canada and Bahrain.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological testing prompted by a positive Listeria monocytogenes result reported by Canadian officials.

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 lead to miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jim Olson of Dakota Foods, quality assurance, at (605) 334-5332. Media with questions about the recall may contact Steve Willis, law department controller, at (605) 334-5332.

Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Source: USDA

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