|WASHINGTON, May 3, 2000--The Meat Block, Inc., a Muskegon, Mich., firm, is
voluntarily recalling approximately 215 pounds of sliced turkey, corned beef, ham, and
roast beef that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S.
Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. |
products subject to recall are "MEAT Block" brands of "ROAST BEEF 120422
SHERWOOD," "OLDE VIRGINIA BRAND BONELESS HAM," "AD COOKED CORNED BEEF
ROUND," and "TURKEY BREAST-COOKED SLICED 18614." All packages are labeled
with a date code of "APR272000" and are random weight packages that vary from
five to 10 pounds. The package labels bear establishments codes "P-10270" and
"EST. 10270" inside the two USDA seals of inspection.
The meat products were sliced April 27 and distributed only to restaurants in Muskegon
and Ottawa counties, Mich.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of
the recall," said Administrator Thomas J. Billy.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Harvey Anderson, owner,
the Meat Block, Inc., at (231) 773-0187.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling. Last week,
the Meat Block recalled approximately 180 pounds of sliced roast beef and ham also due to
possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
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 illness associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry
Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern
Time) Monday through Friday.
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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
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.