June 27, 20001,200 Pounds of Sliced Cooked Beef Recalled by Ex-Cel Corned Beef
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
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
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
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,
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