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June 21, 2001

Small Quantity of Turkey Barbeque Recalled in Tamaqua

Tamaqua, Pa (SafetyAlerts) - Koch’s Turkey Farm is voluntarily recalling approximately 75 pounds of cooked turkey barbecue that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product subject to recall is "KOCH’S TURKEY FARM TURKEY BAR-B-Q." The product is packaged in plastic containers of 1, 2, 5, and 10 pounds. The bottom of the container bears a date code of "1163," and container labels bear "P-8437" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The turkey barbecue was produced on June 12, and distributed to fast food/retail establishments in Tamaqua, Pa.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of poultry products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "Purchasers or consumers may wish to ask if meals made with turkey barbecue contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

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 physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mark Fulton, Koch’s process manager at (570) 668-2089. Media with questions may contact Pamela Stein, Koch’s personnel manager at (570) 668-2089.

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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