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February 15, 2001

Small Quantity of Beef Recalled by Midstate Meat Company

Springfield, 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 Dirksen Parkway.

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 doctor immediately.

For more information about the recall, call the IDOA at (217) 782-6684 or Midstate Meat Company, Paul Donelan, manager, at (217) 525-0160.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers February 15, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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