November 21, 2002
New Jersey Firm Has Recalled Poultry
Camden, N.J. (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that Jack Lambersky Poultry Company Inc., doing business as J.L. Foods
Company Inc is recalling
million pounds of fresh and frozen, ready-to-eat poultry products, mostly
turkey and chicken breasts, that may be contaminated with Listeria
The products, which are listed in the
attachment, were produced between May
29 and Nov. 2 and distributed to retail stores and institutions nationwide.
Each product bears the establishment code "EST. P-4340" inside the USDA seal
The sample that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes was collected on
Nov. 14 as part of the continuing joint investigation by FSIS and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the cause of the outbreak of
listeriosis that has sickened 52 people and resulted in seven deaths in
eight Northeastern states. The sample is being further analyzed to determine
whether or not it matches the outbreak strain.
The recall is an expansion of the Nov. 2 recall of similar products totaling
200,000 pounds. The product from the earlier recall was determined to be
contaminated with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was
indistinguishable from that of the outbreak victims.
"Public health is our top priority," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS
administrator. "Consumers should check their refrigerators and freezers for
products involved in this recall and return them to the point of purchase."
"I commend the work of the investigative teams from FSIS and the CDC for
their ongoing aggressive investigation into the source of the outbreak,"
said Dr. Elsa Murano, undersecretary for food safety.
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 cause miscarriages
and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in
infants, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Kenneth Martin,
general manager, J.L. Foods Company Inc., at (800) 881-3250. Media with
questions about the recall may contact Vince Mazzi, sales manager, J.L.
Foods Company Inc., at (800) 881-3250.