Pork Sausage Products Recalled for Listeria

Custom Corned Beef, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, is recalling approximately 460 pounds of fully cooked crumbled pork sausage products that may be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The recall is a Class I, which means that this is a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The following products are subject to recall: 10-pound boxes with two, five-pound packages of “POLIDORI, FULLY COOKED PORK SAUSAGE CRUMBLES, KEEP REFRIGERATED/FROZEN.” Each box label bears the establishment number “EST. 4121” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The fully cooked crumbled pork sausage products were produced on April 9, 2010, and were distributed to institutional establishments in Colorado.

The FSIS said that the problem was discovered by a receiving federal establishment who had recently been tested by FSIS for Listeria monocytogenes. The receiving establishment investigated the cause and contracted with a third party laboratory to test intact packaged product. The tested lot was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and the receiving establishment notified FSIS. FSIS has been made aware of no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. If available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp

Listeriosis, the food borne disease caused by the Listeria pathogen, is dangerous and can be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.

Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults. 
Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500.

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 l0:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Custom Corned Beef can be reached (Plant Manager Al Bandin) at 303-296-8686 (work) or 303-419-6405 (cell phone).

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