March 29, 2001Contis Genesee Valley
Cooked Beef Italian Sausage Recalled
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Conti Packing
Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 7,800 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. This recall
has been classified as a Class I recall.
The product subject to recall is
"Contis Genesee Valley Brand COOKED BEEF ITALIAN SAUSAGE" in 30 lb. boxes.
The boxes each have a date code of "78" and each label bears "EST.
7814" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The beef sausage was produced on March 19, and was
distributed to a wholesale establishment in the state of New York. FSIS stated at
least some of the product did make it to the consumer level in New York, however could not
specify where it was sold.
"Because of the potential for foodborne
illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret OK.
Glavin, FSIS acting administrator. "Consumers may wish to ask if their meal contains
the recalled products."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS
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
Consumers and media with questions about the
recall may contact P. Thomas Conti, Treasurer of Conti Packing, at (716) 424-2500.
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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