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June 7, 2002

Minnesota Firm Has Recalled Bratwurst

Albert Lea, MN (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Willow Brook Foods Inc., doing business as Schweigert has recalled approximately 59,000 pounds of fresh bratwurst because of an undeclared allergen (hydrolyzed soy protein).


Soy is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of possible allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The products being recalled are:

16-ounce packages of "SCHWEIGERT NATURAL CASING SMOKY CHEDDAR BRAT, SMOKED BRATWURST WITH CHEESE." Each package bears one of the following codes, followed by a two-digit number:
"Sell By May 02"
"Sell By May 10"
"Sell By May 23"
"Sell By Jun 20"
"Sell By Jul 17"
"Sell By Jul 25"
"Sell By Jul 26"
"Sell By Jul 30"
"Sell By Aug 02"
"Sell By Aug 10"
"Sell By Aug 16"
13.3-ounce packages of "SCHWEIGERT NATURAL CASING SMOKY CHEDDAR BRAT, SMOKED BRATWURST WITH CHEESE." Each package bears one of the following codes, followed by a two-digit number:
"Sell By May 10"
"Sell By July 17"
"Sell By July 30"
Each package also bears an establishment code "EST. 2133" located inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The product was produced between Jan. 24 and May 17, and was distributed to retail stores in California, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"FSIS wants consumers who are sensitive to soy to be aware of the recall," said Linda Swacina, acting FSIS administrator. "Consumers who are allergic to soy should not eat this product but return it to the point of purchase."


The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine label verification.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Alan T. Tischer, quality services manager, Schweigert, at (507) 377-2526. Media with questions may contact Mike Briggs, president, Willow Brook Foods, at (417) 862-3612.


Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day
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