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January 29,  200

New York Firm Has Recalled Chicken Frankfurters

Ponce, P.R. (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that J.M. Packing, doing business as Cash & Carry Inc. has recalled approximately 490 pounds of cooked pork shoulder that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are approximately 7 lb. packages of "PORK SHOULDER, PICNIC, WATER ADDED." Each product bears the packing date of "01-21-03" and the sell by date of "03-07-03." Also on each label is the establishment number, "EST. 19804."

The products were produced on Jan. 21 and sold to customers of the company’s retail outlet located at 366 Calle Villa, Ponce, P.R.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Consumers should check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled product and return it to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through follow-up FSIS microbiological sampling.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also lead to 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.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Juan Marroig Arroyo, company plant manager, at (787) 842-0212. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Lizette Montero, company secretary, at (787) 842-0212

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