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December 14, 2000

16.7 Million Pounds of Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Recalled

Waco, TX (SafetyAlerts) - Cargill Turkey Products has announced it is recalling approximately 16.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat turkey and chicken products   produced at its Waco, Texas facility, the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were produced from May 1 to December 11 and distributed nationwide through grocery stores, restaurants and institutions - and to Venezuela and Iceland.  The affected product is marked with the establishment number "P-635".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are studying whether some products from the Waco facility might contain Listeria monocytogenes associated with 25 cases of listeriosis, most of which have occurred since July 2000.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Affected Product

Retail Sliced Packages: In 10 to12-ounce packages.

  • Owens's Hickory Smoked Pre-Sliced Turkey Breast, fresh
  • Plantation
    • Fiesta Pre-Sliced Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Mesquite Smoked Pre-Sliced Turkey Breast, fresh and frozen
    • Pre-Sliced Smoke banquet-style Turkey Breast, fresh and frozen
    • Black Forest Turkey Ham, fresh
    • Pre-Sliced Turkey Pastrami, fresh and frozen
    • Pre-Sliced Star Turkey Breast
  • Riverside
    • Pre-Sliced Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, fresh and frozen
    • Pre-Sliced Oven prepared Turkey Breast, frozen
  • Honeysuckle White Pre-Sliced Oven Prepared Turkey, fresh and frozen

Un-sliced Products: For slicing or consumer sale whole.

  • Dine Rite Picnic Dark Turkey, fresh and frozen
  • Old South Turkey Ham, fresh
  • Plantation Cajun Fried Turkey, frozen
  • Honeysuckle White Cajun-Style Fried Whole Turkey, frozen

Wholesale: Products sold in bulk and sliced at delicatessens, restaurants, and institutions

  • Boar's Head:
    • Our Premium Low Salt Turkey, frozen
    • Golden Catering Skin-on Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Carmel Colored Our Premium Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Our Premium Low Salt Skinless Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Smoked Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Oil Browned Chicken Breast, fresh
    • Oven Prepared Skinless Turkey Breast, fresh
    • Smoked Chicken Breast, fresh
  • Other products were sold in bulk and would not be labeled at the point of purchase.

The Waco facility sold other products in bulk and that were sliced at delicatessens and restaurants and would not be readily identifiable by consumers. Cargill Turkey Products has contacted establishments who purchased those products, which are being removed and returned.

Consumers with questions about the recall may call Cargill Turkey Products at 888-621-2717 or visit the website Cargill Turkey Products is based in Springdale, Ark., and is part of Minneapolis-based Cargill, Incorporated.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers December 14, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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