|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
|CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
|WASHINGTON, March 15, 2000--Smith Packing
Co., Inc., a Utica, N.Y., firm, is voluntarily recalling more than 400 pounds of hot dogs
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products subject to recall are "HONEST JOHNS" brand hot dogs packaged for sale in individual 16 ounce packages and 12 pound boxes. The 16 ounce packages bear "EST. 4578" inside the USDA seal of inspection and the sell by date "Apr 11" on the label. On the outside of the 12 pound boxes, which contain two 6 pound packages, is the sell by date "Apr 11" and the plant number "EST. 4578" inside the USDA seal of inspection. In addition, any 6 pound packages -- which have no sell by date -- that have been removed from any 12 pound box of Honest Johns hot dogs, are also being recalled.
The hot dogs were distributed in Oneida County, N.Y.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret OK. Glavin, FSIS associate administrator.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Mark Smith, vice president, Smith Packing Co., tel. (315) 732-5125.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS 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 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--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.
FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
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LISTERIA PRECAUTIONSPeople at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:
Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry products. Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.
Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds.) Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.
Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined or Mexican-style cheese. You can eat hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.
Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk or eat foods made from it, such as unpasteurized cheese.
Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.
USDA RECALL CLASSIFICATIONS
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
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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