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September 30, 2000

California Firm Recalls Frankfurters

Santa Clarita, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Mikailian Meat Products, Inc. said today it  is voluntarily recalling approximately 260 pounds of frankfurters that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

PRODUCTS, COCKTAIL FRANKFURTERS" in one pound packages. The packages bear "EST. 4191" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The frankfurters were produced on Sept. 18, packaged on Sept. 19, and distributed to retail stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat the frankfurters but return them to the point of purchase," said Ronald Hicks, acting FS1S associate administrator.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salj-nonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concemed about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers and media -with questions about the recall may contact John Davis, manager, Mikailian Meat Products, Inc., at (661) 257-1055.

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. and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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