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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 monocytogenes.

This is the first public notice of this Class I 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 Illinois.

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 inspection.

"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 chemotherapy.

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

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