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November 30, 1999

Woodridge Chicken Nuggets Recall

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Woodridge Meats, Inc., Woodridge, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,800 pounds of imported chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The product being recalled is "OF-TOV" brand "BREADED FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS" in 20-pound boxes. Each box has a sticker with the number "09.08.99" and "09.08.00" on it. "ESTABLISHMENT 108" and "PRODUCT OF ISRAEL' also appear on the label.

The product was distributed within the New York city metropolitan area.

"Because of the potential of foodborne illness, we urge consurners who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase," said FSIS administrator Thomas J. Billy.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling. Consumption of foods contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common   manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrilea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

At this point, FSIS has received no repons of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers with questions about the recall may phone either Torn Reiner or Cynthia Cardamone at the plant, tel. 1-9l4-434-7550.

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