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March 3, 2000

Sulfur Springs Meat Packer Recalls Becks Brand Bologna and Hot Dog Products

Cochise County, AZ (SafetyAlerts) - Sulfur Springs Meat Packer, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 85 pounds of fully-cooked, ready-to-eat Becks brand bologna and hot dog products.  An independent lab has determined a sample of bologna to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The products being recalled are "SLICED BECK’S GARLIC BOLOGNA" and "SLICED BECK’S RING BOLOGNA" and "BECK’S HOT DOGS". These products are ink stamped and sold in white butcher paper.

The products were produced February 23 and distributed from the retail counter at the Sulfur Springs Meat Packer, Inc. establishment on Cochise Road in Cochise County. These products are not sold from any other location.

Consumers are urged to discard or return the product to the Sulfur Springs Meat Packer, Inc. retail store. The problem was discovered through routine 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—infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infections, or undergoing chemotherapy. Listeria monocytogenes is an environmental contaminant that is found in unsanitary surroundings.

Further samples are being tested at the plant to ensure public safety.  For more information, contact Dr. Rick Willer, state veterinarian at (602)-542-0805.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers March 3, 2000.

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