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November 29 2002

Virginia Firm Has Recalled Pork Products

Norfolk, VA (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Pecan Point Food Products Inc., doing business as Woodbine Farm is recalling approximately 540 pounds of cooked pork products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are 5 lb. tubs of "WOODBINE FARM, FOOD SERVICE SPECIALISTS, ORIGINAL RECIPE, COOKED PORK WITH SAUCE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." Also appearing on each label is the date code "41041114." The establishment number "EST. 8070" also appears inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The product was produced on November 14 and distributed to restaurants and delicatessens in southeastern Virginia. In addition, the product was sold at the company’s retail establishment, located at 729 Pecan Point Road in Norfolk, Virginia.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, consumers should not eat this product and should return it to the point of purchase," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product and consumers should check their freezers and refrigerators for this 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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Aubrey Lister, company production manager, at (757) 461-2731"

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