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 systemsinfants,
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
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