June 26, 2002
Minnesota Firm Recalls Sausage Products
Kimball, MN (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Knaus Sausage House, Inc. has recalled
approximately 250 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with
The products being recalled are 1 to1.25 pound packages of ?Marketplace
FOODS, POLISH SAUSAGE, CEREAL ADDED.? Each package bears ?6791? inside the
USDA seal of inspection.
Also subject to the recall are various size packages of:
?KNAUS SMOKED & COOKED BRATWURST?
?KNAUS QUALITY HOMESTYLE RING BOLOGNA?
?Knaus Quality Wieners?
Each package bears ?6791? inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The sausage products were produced on June 17 and distributed to retail
stores in Minnesota.
?Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall,? said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator.
?Consumers should not eat this product and should return it to the point of
The problem was discovered through routine inspection.
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 those
with weak immune systems ? infants, the frail or elderly and persons with
chronic disease, with HIV infection or taking chemotherapy.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Kenneth
Knaus, company secretary, at (320) 398-5485.
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.