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Mississippi Firm Recalls Souse Products For Possible Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2002—Mosby Packing Co., Inc., a Meridian, Miss., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 500 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat souse products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products subject to recall have a sell-by date of "1/21/03." Each label also bears "EST. 12653" inside the USDA seal of inspection:

  • 6-ounce packages of "MOSBY’S SLICED HOT SOUSE," and
  • 6-ounce packages of "MOSBY’S SLICED MILD SOUSE."

The following products subject to recall are packed two to a box and bear a product code of either "00181, " "00182" or "00184" and a julian date of "326" on each box. Each package label bears "EST. 12653" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

  • 6-pound loaves of "MOSBY’S HOT SOUSE,"
  • 6-pound loaves of "MOSBY’S MILD SOUSE," and
  • 6-pound loaves of "MOSBY’S HOT AND MILD SOUSE."

The souse products were produced on Nov. 21, and distributed to retail stores in Mississippi.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator.

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 illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media with questions about the recall may contact J.W. Myers, personnel manager, at 601-485-5615. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Donnie Clearman, sales manager, at 601-485-5615.

Consumers with 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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