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November 21, 2002

Puerto Rico Firm Has Recalled Pork Shoulder Products

Ponce, Puerto Rico (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that JM Packing is recalling approximately 6,800 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 Rico.

"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 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, 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) 842-0214.

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.

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