July 4, 2002
New York Firm Has Recalled Pork Products
College Point, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that T & B Food Corp. has recalled approximately 100
pounds of sliced pork hocks that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall is "DIM SUM KING SLICED PORK HOCK," in 8 oz.,
vacuum- sealed packages. The packages have a code of "80177" on the label
and bear "EST. 18938" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The pork hock was produced on June 25, and distributed to retail
establishments in the New York City metropolitan area.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator.
"If they find the recalled product, then consumers should not eat it but
return it to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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, such as infants, the frail or elderly, persons
with chronic disease, individuals with HIV infection, or those under
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 Wally Poon,
president, T & B Food Corp., at (718) 461-5181.