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October 3, 2003

New Mexico Firm Recalls Beef Jerky For Possible Salmonella Contamination

(SafetyAlerts) - M.D. Chavez/Old Santa Fe Trail, an Albuquerque, N.M., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of beef jerky that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The recall was initiated because epidemiological case studies suggest that the recalled product may be linked to several Salmonella illnesses in New Mexico.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number ?EST. 13343? inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced between May 1 and September 26, 2003. These production dates are also stamped on the package.

The products subject to recall are:

?GENERAL STORE, ALL NATURAL, ROUTE 66, Beef Jerky, Peppered, Land of Enchantment.?

?GENERAL STORE, ALL NATURAL, ROUTE 66, Beef Jerky, Green Chile, Land of Enchantment.?

?GENERAL STORE, ALL NATURAL, ROUTE 66, Beef Jerky, Red Chile, Land of Enchantment.?

?GENERAL STORE, ALL NATURAL, ROUTE 66, Beef Jerky, Regular, Land of Enchantment.?

These products are packaged in 1 to 8 oz. plastic bags.

?A Taste of New Mexico, Old Santa Fe Trail, BEEF JERKY, NO PRESERVATIVES, Green Chili.?

?A Taste of New Mexico, Old Santa Fe Trail, BEEF JERKY, NO PRESERVATIVES, Red Chili.?

?A Taste of New Mexico, Old Santa Fe Trail, BEEF JERKY, NO PRESERVATIVES, Peppered.?

?A Taste of New Mexico, Old Santa Fe Trail, BEEF JERKY, NO PRESERVATIVES, Original.?

These products are packaged in 1 to 16 oz. plastic bags.

The beef jerky was distributed to retail stores and through mail orders nationwide. In addition, consumers may have purchased these products from a vendor at the New Mexico State Fair.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Robert Bernstein, company attorney, at (505) 269-3999. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Angela Postlethwait, company assistant manager, at (505) 255-7950
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