JAN. 7–BRONX, NY–PRG Packing Corp. has voluntarily recalled more than 26,000 pounds of chicken frankfurters that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The products subject to recall are 16-ounce packages of “Sweet Meadow Farms Brand, Chicken Frankfurters,” each bearing the the establishment code “P-5281” inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each package also bears the sell by date, “JAN 29.”
The products were produced on November 27, 2002 and distributed to wholesalers and retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
“We want consumers to be aware of the recall so they can check their freezers and refrigerators for these products,” said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. “If consumers find the recalled products then they should return them to the point of purchase.”
The product is being recalled based on a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes collected by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.
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 children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.