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 Agricultures 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 OK. 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,
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