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August 30, 2000

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Over 3 Tons of Cheese Franks

Reading, PA (SafetyAlerts) Berks Packing Co. Inc. said today it is voluntarily recalling 6,588 pounds of cheese franks that may be contaminated with metal fragments according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The product being recalled is one-pound vacuum packages of "WEIS Quality" brand "OUR DELUXE CHEESE FRANKS." Each package bears "EST. 8782" in the USDA seal of inspection, and a code of "4 Sell By Oct. 17." The product was produced on June 20, and distributed to grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

"We urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "If consumers find this product, they should not eat it, but return the product to the point of purchase."

The problem was identified after a consumer discovered metal fragments in the product.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Ralph Weise, vice president of operations, Berks Packing Co., Inc., at (610) 376-7291.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 30, 2000.

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