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October 10, 2000

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chicken Salad For Possible Contamination

Allentown, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Newhart Foods, Inc. said today it is voluntarily recalling approximately 90 pounds of chicken salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product subject to recall is "King's Chicken Caesar Salad" in 83 ounce packages. The packages have a "SELL THRU" date of "10/07/00" on the label, and the labels also bear "P-9976" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The chicken salad was produced and packaged on Oct. 4, and distributed to retail stores in New Jersey.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat the chicken salad but return it to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.

The problem was discovered through FSIS routine 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.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Sandy Ericksen, technical services manager, Newhart Foods, Inc., at (717) 624-4911, extension 238. Media with questions may contact Tom Bross, president, Newhart Foods, Inc., at (717) 624-4911, extension 223.

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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