Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Feb 8, 2008 - The U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a
public health alert for approximately 8,784 pounds of hot dog products
because the products may contain non-fat dry milk and soy, known
allergens, which are not declared on the label. The products were
produced at Dietz & Watson, Inc., a Philadelphia, Pa., establishment.
This public health alert was initiated after a consumer complaint
investigated by FSIS and Applegate Farms confirmed that the products
The products subject to this public health alert include: [View Labels] (PDF Only)
Each package also bears the establishment number “Est. 9574” inside the
USDA mark of inspection and a use-by or freeze-by date of “JAN 15 08.”
The hot dog products were produced on Nov. 21, 2007, and were
distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
- 16-ounce packages of “Applegate Farms Certified Organic, the GREAT ORGANIC UNCURED HOT DOG.”
- 16-ounce packages of “Applegate Farms Certified Organic STADIUM ORGANIC UNCURED BEEF HOT DOGS.”
Based on product shelf life, these products would no longer have been
sold in grocery stores after Jan. 15, 2008. However, these products
could be in consumers’ freezers and it is important that consumers look
FSIS has received one consumer complaint of an allergic reaction due to
the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic
reaction should contact a physician.
Media with questions should contact Linda Boardman at Applegate Farms
1-800-587-5858, ext. 700. Consumers with questions should contact Gina
Asoudegan at Applegate Farms 1-800-587-5858, ext. 800.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual
representative available 24 hours a day at
AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and
can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through
Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.