February 15, 2001Small Quantity of Beef Recalled
by Midstate Meat Company
IL (SafetyAlerts) - A Springfield
food processing company has voluntarily recalled 12 pounds of sliced roast beef because of
possible bacterial contamination.
Midstate Meat Company agreed to the action after a sample of its sliced roast beef tested
positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The product was manufactured Feb. 8 and sold at the company's retail store on North
The possible contamination was discovered by a state meat and poultry inspector during
routine microbiological testing.
"Midstate has been very cooperative in this recall effort," said Julie King,
administrator of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Division of Food Safety and
Animal Protection. "Because of their quick action, another 38 pounds of meat from
never reached the retail counter."
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 product. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of listeriosis should contact a
For more information about the recall, call the IDOA at (217) 782-6684 or Midstate Meat
Company, Paul Donelan, manager, at (217) 525-0160.
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