March 15, 2000400 pounds of "Honest
John's Hot Dogs Recalled for Listeria
Utica, NY (SafetyAlerts) - Smith Packing Co., Inc.
is voluntarily recalling more than 400 pounds of hot dogs that may be contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to recall are "HONEST
JOHNS" brand hot dogs packaged for sale in individual 16 ounce packages and 12
The 16 ounce packages bear "EST. 4578"
inside the USDA seal of inspection and the sell by date "Apr 11" on the label.
On the outside of the 12 pound boxes, which
contain two 6 pound packages, is the sell by date "Apr 11" and the plant number
"EST. 4578" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
In addition, any 6 pound packages -- which have no
identifying marks -- that have been removed from any 12 pound box of Honest Johns
hot dogs, should be returned to the company.
The hot dogs involved in this Class I recall were distributed
in Oneida County, N.Y.
"Because of the potential for foodborne
illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret OK.
Glavin, FSIS associate administrator.
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
Consumers with questions about the recall may
contact Mark Smith, vice president, Smith Packing Co., tel. (315) 732-5125.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers March 15,
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