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December 12,  2002

Florida Firm Has Recalled Pork Sausage Products

Tampa, FL (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Crofton & Sons Inc. is recalling approximately 1,200 pounds of ready-to-eat, fresh and frozen smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are:

1-pound vacuum packed packages of "MILD, BEAN BROTHERS Country SMOKED SAUSAGE." Each package bears the sell by date, "02/10/03."
1-pound vacuum packed packages of "HOT, BEAN BROTHERS Country SMOKED SAUSAGE." Each package bears the sell by date, "02/10/03."
Each label bears the establishment code "EST. 9179" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced on November 11 and distributed to retail stores in Florida.

"We want consumers to be aware of the recall so they can check their freezers and refrigerators for these products," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "If consumers find the recalled products then they should return them to the point of purchase."

Crofton & Sons Inc., notified FSIS that it was recalling the products based on a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes from a follow up sample collected and analyzed by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

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 David Bean, company sales manager, at (813) 685-7745. Media with questions about the recall may contact Kevin Crofton, vice president, at (813) 685-7745

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