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October 3, 2000

Lay Packing Co. Recalls 48,000 Pounds of Wiener Products

Knoxville, TN (SafetyAlerts) - Lay Packing Company Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling approximately 48,000 pounds of wiener products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • "JUBILEE FRANKS" in 12 ounce packages with a code of "Sell By Oct 06;"

  • "FROSTY MORN" brand wieners in 12 ounce packages with a code of "Sell By Oct 06;"

  • Lay's "Quik Starts" brand wieners in 12 ounce packages with a code of "Sell By Sep 26;"

  • Lay's "Thrift Brand" wieners in 24 ounce packages with a code of "Sell By Sep 26;"

  • Lay Packing Company "Circle L" brand wieners in 24 ounce packages with a code of "Sell By Sep 26"

All product labels bear the Lay Packing establishment number P-967.

The wiener products were produced on July 24, and distributed to retail stores in the southeastern United States.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat the wiener products but return them to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.

The problem was discovered as a result of sampling at the retail level by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food and Drug Protection Division.

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 illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

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