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August 15,  2002

Florida Firm Has Recalled Corned Beef Product

Jacksonville, FL (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Famous Amos Restaurants Inc. has recalled approximately 19 pounds of fully cooked sliced corned beef that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products subject to recall are 20-ounce packages of, "SLICED COOKED CORNED BEEF." Each package bears the establishment code, "EST. 11170." Also on each label is the date code, "A8 6."

The product was sliced and packaged on Aug. 6 and distributed to Famous Amos Restaurants in Duvall, Clay and Nassau counties, Florida.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if meals made with corned beef contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through routine microbiological sampling by FSIS.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, 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 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 Kenny Rigdon, company president, at (904) 731-3396.

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