January 23, 2002
South Dakota Firm Recalls Beef
Products For Possible Listeria Contamination
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
"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)
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.