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August 11, 2001

Chicken Chow Mein Entree Recalled

Inglewood, CA (SafetyAlerts) - RPF Inc., also doing business as Royal Palate Foods, is voluntarily recalling approximately 650 pounds of frozen, kosher chicken chow mein entrees that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to this Class I recall are individually wrapped trays of "Chicken Chow Mein Entree." Each 48-count case of entrees is marked with a lot number of "F-H2048" and bears establishment number "P-18465" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The entrees were produced on August 1 and distributed to correctional facilities in California, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and Washington.

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 Bill Pinkerson, president, RPF Inc., at (310) 330-7701.

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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