|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
Media Communications Office
(202) 720-3897; FAX: (202) 690-0460
Contact: Beth Gaston
WASHINGTON, January 22, 1999--Bosell Foods, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio meat processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 350 pounds of sliced ham that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are l/2 pound packages of the "Dinner Bell," Virginia Brand Cooked Ham Water Added with a sell-by code of 2-18-1999. In addition, packages bear "EST 2587" in the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection mark.
The product was sliced and packaged on January 12, 1999, and distributed only in the Cleveland area.
"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 Margaret Glavin, associate administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
FSIS discovered the problem through its routine monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
At this point, FSIS has no evidence linking this product to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint FSIS and CDC investigation.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. The most common manifestation of listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy for cancer.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline is staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, although recorded information is available 24 hours a day.
Consumers may also contact Bosell Foods, Inc., at (216) 991-7600.
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For Further Information, Contact:
Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 (voice); 1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
Media: (202) 720-9113
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