March 23, 2001Illinois Firm Recalls Beef
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
"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.
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