Listeria forces turkey, pork, sausage, salmon recall

WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2005 (ENS): Nearly 25 tons of turkey, pork and sausage products are being recalled by two manufacturers this week because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such a high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

L.S.K. Smoked Turkey Products based in Bronx, New York, is recalling approximately 39,000 pounds of smoked turkey and pork products. The meats were produced on April 4, and were shipped to distribution centers in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Florida for institutional use.

Each box bears the establishment code "P-19064" or "Est. 19064" inside the USDA mark of inspection, along with a case code of "D-J-D." The problem was discovered during regulatory sampling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

In addition, Roger Wood Foods in Savannah, Georgia is recalling approximately 10,700 pounds of sausage products for listeria contamination.

The sausage was produced on March 10 and was distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Each of the products bears one of the following establishment codes, "EST. 8025" or "P-8025," inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each label also reads "Sell By 5/13/2005." The problem was discovered through regulatory sampling conducted by the state of Georgia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says that no reports of illnesses have been associated with consumption of these products.

In addition, a third manufacturer, SeaSpecialties of Miami, Florida is recalling "Mama's Sliced Smoked Nova Salmon" packed in 4oz. package and "Mama's Smoked Salmon Nova Snacks" packed in a 8oz. package because they are contaminated with listeria.

Both products were distributed on the east coast of the United States, and both have a Sell By date of August 10, 2005 printed on the front of the packages.

No illnesses have been reported as a result of this problem. The contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 4oz. packages of Mama's Sliced Smoked Nova Salmon with a sell by date of August 10, 2005.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled salmon packages are urged to return to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the Recall Coordinator at (305) 621-7600 ext. 211.

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