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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 Listeria monocytogenes.

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 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 purchase.?

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

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