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June 27, 2000

1,200 Pounds of Sliced Cooked Beef Recalled by Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company

Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company, Inc. has voluntarily recalled 1,200 pounds of beef because of possible bacterial contamination.

The company agreed to the action after a sample of its "Sliced Cooked Beef in Natural Juices" tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The product was manufactured June 19 - 20 and sold in ten pound packages to restaurants and other businesses in Illinois' food service industry. The package label bears Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company's establishment number of 517 inside the Illinois seal of inspection and a date code of 1720.

The possible contamination was discovered by an Illinios state meat and poultry inspector during routine microbiological testing.

"Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company has actively worked with the Department to reclaim all of the recalled beef," Julie King, administrator of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Division of Food Safety and Animal Protection, said. "This bacteria potentially can cause serious illness, and the company has been calling its customers to help us spread the word about the recall."

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract the disease. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of the beef. However, people may want to check with the restaurant or food service establishment if they have recently purchased a meal with sliced cooked beef to make sure it did not contain any of the recalled product. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of listeriosis should contact a doctor immediately.

For more information about the recall, call the IDOA at (217) 782-6684.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 27, 2000.

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