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February 12, 2001

Ex-Cel Sliced Cooked Beef in Natural Juices Recalled

Springfield, IL (SafetyAlerts) - A Chicago food processing company has voluntarily recalled 1,150 pounds of beef because of possible bacterial contamination.

Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company, Inc. agreed to the action after a sample of its "Sliced Cooked Beef in Natural Juices" tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The product was manufactured February 5 and sold in ten pound packages to restaurants and other businesses in Illinois' food service industry. The package label bears Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company's establishment number of 517 inside the Illinois seal of inspection and a date code of 0401.

The possible contamination was discovered by a state meat and poultry inspector during routine microbiological testing.

"Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company has been calling its customers and has actively worked with the Department to reclaim all of the recalled beef," said Julie King, administrator of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Division of Food Safety and Animal Protection.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract the disease. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of the beef. However, people may want to check with the restaurant or food service establishment if they have recently purchased a meal with sliced cooked beef to make sure it did not contain any of the recalled product. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of listeriosis should contact a doctor immediately.

For more information about the recall, call the IDOA at (217) 782-6684 or Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company, Inc., Mr. William Bojcezko, President, at (312) 666-2535.

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