May 20, 2000
Firm Recalls Luncheon Meat For Possible Listeria Contamination
Washington (SafetyAlerts) - Freybe Sausage Ltd., a
Canadian meat processing company, is voluntarily recalling approximately 400 pounds of
sliced salami and ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products subject to recall are: 4.4 ounce packages of Freybe "French Brand Herb
Salami" with a best before date of "OC 06;" 4.4 ounce and random weight
packages of Freybe "Hungarian Brand Salami" with a best before date of "OC
18;" and 4.4 ounce packages of Freybe "Westfalian Ham" with best before
dates of "AU 09" and "AU 10." All products are marked "PRODUCT OF
CANADA" and bear Canadian establishment number 361.
The products were distributed to companies in Seattle, Wash., Houston, Texas, the San
Francisco Bay area, and the Portland, Ore., area.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check their
refrigerators. If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but
return them to the point of purchase," said FSIS acting administrator Margaret
The problem was discovered through routine testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
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 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
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 20,
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