July 7, 2000Beef Jerky Distributed in 3 States Recalled for Contamination
CT (SafetyAlerts) - Nodines
Smokehouse, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 125 pounds of beef jerky that may
be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agricultures
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall is "NODINES" smoked beef jerky in various
size packages, ranging from one-ounce to five-pound packages. The package label bears
"EST. 4722" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The smoked beef jerky was produced on June 23, and distributed at the wholesale and retail
level in Connecticut, Florida, and Massachusetts.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check to see if
they have purchased the product," said FSIS Administrator Thomas J. Billy. "If
they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the
point of purchase."
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Johanne Nodine, president,
Nodines Smokehouse, Inc., at 1-800-222-2059. Media with questions may contact Ronald
F. Nodine, vice president, Nodines Smokehouse, Inc., at 1-800-222-2059.
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
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers July 7,
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