November 17, 1999
Robbins Franks Recalled for Possible
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
"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
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