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June 8, 2000

Missouri Firm Recalls Sliced Ham For Possible Listeria Contamination

O'Fallon, MO (SafetyAlerts) - Schnuck Markets, Inc., an O’Fallon, Mo., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 60 pounds of sliced ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The product subject to recall is "HICKORY PIT SMOKED HAM WITH NATURAL JUICES" in 8 ounce packages. The packages have a sell-by date of 06/10/00 on the label, and the labels also bear "EST. 13562" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The ham was produced May 31 and distributed to retail outlets in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., and Evansville, Ind.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect products not to eat them, but to return them to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.

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.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Marie McGeehan, Schnuck Markets’communications media spokesperson, at (314) 962-0944. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Joanie Taylor, Schnuck Markets’ director of consumer affairs, at (314) 994-4789.

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.

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Parents should immediately stop their children from wearing these robes and return the robes to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers should call Federated Department Stores at (800) 364- 6190 anytime for additional information.

Children's cotton swimwear cover-ups and polyester robes are not included in this recall.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 8, 2000.

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