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March 4, 2000

Packaged Ready-To-Eat Cheeseburgers Recalled For Contamination

Houston, TX (SafetyAlerts) - Regal Food Service is recalling all codes of their prepackaged double cheeseburgers because the product has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

According to Catherine Vieweg of the Food and Drug Administration, over 20,000 of the 6.5-ounce double cheeseburgers were distributed to wholesale distributors, convenience stores, truck stops and vending machines,  in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Additional testing by an independent company has traced the contamination to an outside supplier.  Testing at the Regal Food Service plant has returned negative results for Listeria.  No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled product.

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 infections, or undergoing chemotherapy. Listeria monocytogenes is an environmental contaminant that is found in unsanitary surroundings.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers March 4, 2000.

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