June 21, 2001Small Quantity of Turkey
Barbeque Recalled in Tamaqua
Pa (SafetyAlerts) - Kochs
Turkey Farm is voluntarily recalling approximately 75 pounds of cooked turkey barbecue
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall is "KOCHS 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, Kochs process
manager at (570) 668-2089. Media with questions may contact Pamela Stein, Kochs
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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