FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 7, 2005
CONTACTS: Michael Schommer, Communications Director, 651-297-1629
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that Dave’s Quality Meats, a state-inspected meat processor based in Foley, Minn., has voluntarily withdrawn and destroyed approximately 124 pounds of smoked bratwurst product that may have been contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
The products in question were bulk packages of smoked bratwurst distributed to the Stone Creek Golf Course in Foley. Each package bore the establishment number ì726″ inside the MDA seal of inspection and the Julian lot number 05265. This product was served during a cross-country meet at the golf course on September 24, 2005.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the product, but MDA discovered the problem through its routine microbiological sampling program. The department is now alerting those who may have consumed the product so they can report any potentially related illnesses.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease marked by fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can sometimes cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the recalled product should contact their health care provider and the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline toll free number at 1-877-366-3455.
For more information about the withdrawn product, contact Dave’s Quality Meats at 320-968-7218. For more information about food safety, consumers can contact the MDA’s Dairy, Food and Meat Inspection Division at 651-297-2200 or 1-800-967-2474, or visit the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us.