January 30, 2001Mexican-style Meat and Poultry
Product Recall Expanded
Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Que Tal? Inc., said
today it is expanding its recall of La Morenita brand, Mexican-style meat and poultry
products to include additional areas of distribution. The product may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
All La Morenita products bearing the plant establishment numbers "6757" or
"P-6757" inside the USDA seal of inspection, are subject to recall.
The recall initiated on January 26 involved products packaged for
distribution to schools in Illinois and to restaurants in North Carolina. The recall has
been expanded to include products distributed in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey,
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Margaret Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "Consumers may wish to
ask if their meal contains the recalled products."
The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological testing.
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 and media with questions may contact Lisa Reynoso, president of Que Tal? Inc.,
at (312) 666-6900.
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, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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