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May 25, 2000

Michigan Firm Recalls Potentially Contaminated Franks

Hamtramck, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Midwest Sausage Corp., a Hamtramck, Mich., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,800 pounds of franks that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled have a "sell-by" date of 7/16/00 on the label, and all package labels bear "Est. 10216" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The following products are being recalled:

"Blue Ribbon" brand "Beef Franks," 2 l/2 pound packages;
"Dutch Brand Natural Casing Hot Franks," 5 pound packages; and
"Associated Food Distributors" brand "Beef Hot Dogs, Chicken Added," 2 pound packages.
The products were produced on May 16, and distributed to grocers in Michigan and in the Chicago area.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect products not to eat them, but to return them to the point of purchase," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, FSIS associate administrator.

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.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Howard Weinberger, president of Midwest Sausage Corp., at (313) 875-8183.

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, although recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 25, 2000.

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