May 29, 2000
Test Positive for Listeria monocytogenes
May 29, 2000
Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Curtis Packing Co., a
Greensboro, N.C., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 15,000 pounds of franks
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled have a "sell-by" date of "JUL03" and all
package labels bear "Est. 2642" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The
following products are being recalled:
"CURTIS" FRANKS, made with pork and beef, in 12 ounce packages; and
"BEEF MASTER" Beef Franks in 1 pound packages.
The products were produced May 4 and distributed to stores in Georgia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased
the suspect products not to eat them, but to return them to the point of purchase,"
said Margaret OK. Glavin, FSIS associate administrator.
The problem was discovered through routine microbiological sampling by the Georgia
Department of Agriculture.
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact John D. Curtis, vice president of
Curtis Packing Co., at (336) 275-7684 Ext. 129. Media inquiries to the company should be
directed to Douglas B. Curtis, president, Curtis Packing Co., (336) 275-7684 Ext. 117.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, although recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 28,
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