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The following information has been received by our office from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
Tara Balsley (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2007 – Gold Star Sausage Co., Inc, a Denver, Colo., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 15,514 pounds of sausage 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 are subject to recall:
One-pound packages of “MAVERICK RANCH BEEF FRANKS, 6 SKINLESS FRANKS.” Each package bears a “sell by” date of “2/14/07,” “2/21/07” or “2/28/07.”
One-pound packages of “MAVERICK RANCH BUFFALO FRANKS, 6 SKINLESS FRANKS.” Each package bears a “sell by” date of “12/27/06,” “1/3/07,” “1/10/07,” “2/14/07,” “2/21/07” or “2/28/07.”
Five-pound packages of “BEEF FRANKS, PRODUCT CODE MF55-0606-15.” These products were packaged on “12/09/06.”
Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 1106” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The sausage products were distributed to retail and institutional establishments in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
The problem was discovered through microbiological testing completed by a non-government laboratory. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, 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 weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact company President Rick Rue at
(303) 295-6400 ext. 302.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Food_Safety_Education/Ask_Karen/index.asp#Question. 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
This product may have been distributed in your area. Please spot-check stores for effectiveness of the recall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at 317/233-7360.