October 11, 2001
Illinois Firm Recalls Beef Products For Possible Listeria Contamination
Elgin, Ill (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Bob’s Better Beef is recalling approximately 5,000
pounds of cooked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The products were
produced on Oct. 1 and distributed to
restaurants and wholesale establishments in Cook and DuPage counties in
The products subject to recall are:
"Boce MEAT PRODUCTS Italian Brand Seasoned Cooked Beef" packaged in 5-pound
packages. This product was distributed to restaurants and wholesale
establishments. "TAYLOR ST. PIZZA WAREHOUSE INC. Italian Style Seasoned
Cooked Beef" packaged in 5-pound packages. This product was distributed to
restaurants. Both of these products may be packaged in cases of various
weights labeled "Bari FOOD PRODUCTS Italian Brand Seasoned Cooked Beef."
Both the cases and packages being recalled have a date code of "274" on the
case or package, and the labels bear "EST. 20073" inside the USDA seal of
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want
consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if meals made with beef products
contain the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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, sever
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
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with
consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.