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November 17, 1999

Robbins Franks Recalled for Possible Contamination

Statesboro, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Robbins Packing Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,500 pounds of it's Robbins Franks, according to Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin.  The product is being recalled for possible contamination of Listeria Monocytogenes.

All 12-oz. packages of Robbins Franks with the sell by date of Dec.28, lot code 1020 and the EST #7932 inside the USDA seal of inspection are being recalled. The product has been distributed generally in the eastern portion of Georgia and into the Aiken, South Carolina area.  Any consumers with this product on hand are urged to return it to the store for a refund.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture discovered the contaminated product during a routine sampling program.  The USDA is investigating at the plant for the origin of the bacteria.

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 such as infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

"Robbins Packing Company has been very cooperative and pro-active in this recall," Commissioner Irvin said.  "They immediately assigned several employees to the task of notifying their customers and having the product removed from the shelves."

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free Georgia Department of Agriculture Consumer Services line at 1-800-282-5852.

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