May 25, 2000Michigan Firm Recalls
Potentially Contaminated Franks
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
Agricultures 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
"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
"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 OK. 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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