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March 23, 2001

Illinois Firm Recalls Beef Product

Elk Grove Village, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Devanco Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 1,570 pounds of sliced, cooked beef that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The product subject to recall is "DEVANCO FOODS INC. SLICED COOKED BEEF," packaged in cases containing two 5 lb. bags. Each bag is marked with a date code of "071" and each label bears "EST. 17064" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The product was produced on March 9, and distributed to restaurants in Illinois and Indiana.

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

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.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jean Kringas or Dina Roupas, office representatives, Devanco Foods Inc., at (847) 228-7070. Media with questions may contact George Apostolou, president, Devanco Foods Inc., at (847) 228-7070.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers March 23, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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