November 19, 1999
'Polock Johnny's' Polish Sausage
Late Update -
Posted 8:20pm EST
Baltimore, MD (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today
announced that P.J.'s, Inc., a Baltimore, Md., company is voluntarily recalling
approximately 800 pounds of sausage that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product being recalled is
'Tolock Johnny's Polish Sausage." The product was packaged on Nov. 4 in four pound
vacuum packages and distributed to retail stores in Baltimore, Md. Each package label
bears the establishment's number, "4042," inside the USDA mark of inspection and
"SELL BY 1300," indicating Jan. 3, 2000.
"Because of the potential
of foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat
it and to return it to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The problem was discovered
through routine P515 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 headaches, 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.
At this point, P515 has received
no reports of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness
should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers and media with
questions about the recall may call Virgil Peugh, P.J.'s Inc., plant manager, at (410)
Consumers with questions about
food safety may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The
hotline is staffed from 10a.m. to 4p.m. (Eastern time) Monday through Friday, and recorded
information is available 24 hours a day.
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