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Virginia Firm Recalls Pork Products For Possible Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2002– Pecan Point Food Products Inc., doing business as Woodbine Farm, a Norfolk, Va., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 540 pounds of cooked pork products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are 5 lb. tubs of "WOODBINE FARM, FOOD SERVICE SPECIALISTS, ORIGINAL RECIPE, COOKED PORK WITH SAUCE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." Also appearing on each label is the date code "41041114." The establishment number "EST. 8070" also appears inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The product was produced on November 14 and distributed to restaurants and delicatessens in southeastern Virginia. In addition, the product was sold at the company’s retail establishment, located at 729 Pecan Point Road in Norfolk, Virginia.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, consumers should not eat this product and should return it to the point of purchase," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product and consumers should check their freezers and refrigerators for this product."

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 children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Aubrey Lister, company production manager, at (757) 461-2731.

Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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LISTERIA PRECAUTIONS

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-800-535-4555 or visit www.fsis.usda.gov

People 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.




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