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October 13, 1999

Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters Recalled for Listeria Contamination

Rutherford, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Marathon Enterprises Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 52,000 pounds of their Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters because a sample of these hot dogs have tested positive for Listeria contamination.

The sample was collected by inspectors for the New York State Department of Agriculture, which regularly inspects food establishments to ensure proper sanitation.

The recalled Sabrett Frankfurters were sold in 16 oz. packages with the code "Sell by October 22 A and "Sell by October 22 B.   The labels bear "EST8894" inside the USDA seal of inspection.  The hot dogs were produced on August 20 and were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner is warning consumers not to eat the recalled hot dogs with the above codes.  If consumed the product could cause Listeriosis, a disease which usually causes mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals.  However, Listeriosis could be life threatening to individuals with weakened immune systems, the elderly and may result in still-births in pregnant women.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Boyd Adelman, Executive Vice President of Marathon Enterprises at 201-935-3330

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