FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Downers Grove, IL — December 13, 2005 — Sara Lee Food & Beverage today announced that it is voluntarily recalling select cheeseburger and chicken biscuit products sold under the Jimmy Dean, Rudy’s Farm and State Fair brands.
The company immediately took this precaution after it was notified by its cheese supplier that one of the supplier’s cheese products could potentially contain Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection may cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women.
As a precautionary measure, the company is recalling 40,572 pounds of product. The company is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in undertaking this voluntary recall.
The products being recalled are:
Jimmy Dean Mini 24 Cheeseburger Beef Patties with Real American Cheese on a Bun. The 38.4-ounce packages are marked with a production code of 05294, 05314 or 05321.
Rudy’s Farm Country Style 16 Chicken Biscuits. The 24-ounce packages are marked with a production code of 05326 (frozen) or the use-by date of January 21, 2006 (refrigerated).
State Fair Cheeseburgers Beef Patties with Cheese on a Bun. The 9.6-ounce packages are marked with a production code of 05326.
The Rudy’s Farm products do not contain cheese but were manufactured on the same line as the Jimmy Dean and State Fair cheeseburger products.
This recall does not apply to any other Jimmy Dean, Rudy’s Farm or State Fair brand product — with or without cheese.
The products were distributed to grocery stores across the United States, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Consumers who may have questions or concerns can call the company’s toll-free consumer information line at (800) 925-3326 or reference the toll-free consumer information line provided on the product packages. Consumers may also throw out products involved in the recall or return products to grocery retailers where they were purchased.