October 4, 2000
Minnesota Firm Recalls Polish Sausage
MN (SafetyAlerts) - Leo G. Fraboni
Sausage Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 240 pounds of polish sausage that
may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall is "FRABONI'S FULLY COOKED POLISH SAUSAGE DELITES"
in 3/4-pound packages. Each package contains eight links. The package labels bear
"EST. 8997" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The sausage was packaged on Sept. 26, and distributed to retail establishments within a
100 mile radius of Hibbing.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public
so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or
freezers can know to check."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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 Don Johnson, plant
manager, Leo G. Fraboni Sausage Co., at (218) 263-5074.
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, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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