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September 18, 2000

20 Tons of Franks Recalled

Plant City, Fl (SafetyAlerts) - Lykes Meat Group Inc. said today it is recalling 40,000 pounds of chicken and turkey franks because the product may be undercooked.

The franks, which were sold under the names Smithfield and Fairgrounds, were produced Aug. 14 and bear ``P-2653'' on the label. The problem was discovered after a consumer complaint, but no illnesses have been associated with the product, USDA said.

The products and the identifying codes are:

  • Fairgrounds ``jumbo franks,'' code dated 227002A, for use by Oct. 23.

  • Smithfield ``grill ready chicken franks,'' code dated 227002A, for use by Oct. 13.

  • Smithfield ``premium hot dogs,'' code dated 227002B, for use by Oct. 13 or Oct. 23.

The franks were distributed to stores in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

"Because of the potential foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat the franks and hot dogs but return them tot he place of purchase," said Ronald Hicks, acting administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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