November 21, 2002
Puerto Rico Firm Has Recalled Pork
Ponce, Puerto Rico (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that JM Packing is recalling
pounds of cooked, ready-to-eat pork shoulder products that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are trays of various sizes, containing "PORK
SHOULDER PICNIC WATER ADDED, PRODUCT OF DENMARK." The package labels bear
one of the following sets of codes:
"PACKED ON 11-08-02" and "SELL BY 12-22-02,"
"PACKED ON 11-12-02" and "SELL BY 12-26-02,"
"PACKED ON 11-13-02" and "SELL BY 12-27-02,"
"PACKED ON 11-14-02" and "SELL BY 12-28-02,"
"PACKED ON 11-15-02" and "SELL BY 12-29-02,"
"PACKED ON 11-18-02" and "SELL BY 01-02-03,"
"PACKED ON 11-19-02" and "SELL BY 01-03-03,"
"PACKED ON 11-20-02" and "SELL BY 01-04-03."
Each package label also bears the establishment code "EST. 19804" inside the
USDA seal of inspection.
The product was distributed to retail stores and institutions in Puerto
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, consumers should not eat
this product but return it to the point of purchase," said Garry L. McKee,
FSIS administrator. "Diners may also wish to ask if their meal contains the
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, severe
headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause 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 Lizette Montero,
secretary, JM Packing, at (787) 842-0212. Media with questions about the
recall may contact Juan Marroig Arroyo, manager, JM Packing, at (787)
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.