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May 31, 2000

New Mexico Firm Recalls Chicken Enchiladas

Albuquerque, NM (SafetyAlerts) - Foods of New Mexico is voluntarily recalling approximately 45 pounds of chicken enchiladas that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled are 12 ounce packages of "FOODS OF NEW MEXICO 6 CHICKEN ENCHILADAS With Green Chile and Cheese" that bear a code of "36663" on the label. All package labels bear the establishment code of "P-13272" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced on May 22, 2000. Fifteen pounds of product were distributed to the retail level in Albuquerque. Thirty pounds of sales samples in transit to Florida, that are not destined for retail, are also included in the recall.

"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 O’K. Glavin, FSIS associate administrator.

The problem was discovered through scheduled microbiological sampling by FSIS.

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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Bill Brown, Vice President of Foods of New Mexico, at (505) 888-0104.

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 31, 2000.

 
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