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November 21, 2002

New Jersey Firm Has Recalled Poultry Products

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 approximately 4.2 million pounds of fresh and frozen, ready-to-eat poultry products, mostly turkey and chicken breasts, that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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 of inspection.

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.

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