June 8, 2000Missouri Firm Recalls Sliced Ham
For Possible Listeria Contamination
MO (SafetyAlerts) - Schnuck Markets,
Inc., an OFallon, 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 Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced
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
Marketscommunications 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
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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,
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