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January 4,  200

New York Firm Has Recalled Chicken Frankfurters

Bronx, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that PRG Packing Corp. is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of chicken frankfurters that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are 16-ounce packages of "Sweet Meadow Farms Brand, CHICKEN FRANKFURTERS." Each label bears the establishment code "P-5281" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each package also bears the sell by date, "JAN 29."

The products were produced on November 27, 2003 and distributed to wholesalers and retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

"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."

The product is being recalled based on a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes collected by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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 Guillermo Gonzalez, company president, at (718) 328-0059

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