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February 10, 2001

Serenade Foods (Maple Leaf Farms) Recalls 6,000 lbs. of Duckling Products

Milford, IN (SafetyAlerts) - Serenade Foods, Inc.   also doing business as Maple Leaf Farms, has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 6,000 pounds of duckling products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has  announced.

The duckling products were produced on Jan. 10, and distributed to food service establishments in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Food service products subject to recall include:

"SYSCO IMPERIAL PARTIALLY BONED FULLY COOKED ROASTED YOUNG DUCKLING HALVES" in 8.25 lb. boxes with a package code of 011001; and
"Maple Leaf Farms PARTIALLY BONED ROASTED YOUNG DUCKLING HALVES"in 7.5 lb. boxes with a package code of 1010;
All products being recalled bear the establishment number "EST. P-2375" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Tom Billy, FSIS administrator. "Purchasers or consumers of duckling may wish to ask restaurants or places where they consume duckling if the product or meal contains the recalled product."

The company notified FSIS of a positive Listeria monocytogenes test result and initiated a recall.

This is the second voluntary product recall by Serenade Foods, Inc., this year. On Jan. 16, the company recalled 4,400 pounds of duckling product for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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 about the recall may contact Dan Harper, Serenade Foods Corporate Communications Manager at (219) 658-4121.

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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