Recalls & Alerts
Aug 24, 2005, 08:53
Oklahoma Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken and Beef Products for Possible Listeria Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-034-2005 HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2005 – Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens, Ltd., a Moore, Okla., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,925 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef 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:
* Five-pound plastic containers of “Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens Barbeque Beans with Beef.” The containers bear the use-by-date “09 28 2005” or “09 29 2005” and each case bears the code “04075.”
* Five pound and 12-ounce plastic containers of “Allison’s HCF Classic Chicken Salad with White Meat.” The containers bear the use-by-date 09 16 2005.” Each case bears the code “08015” or “08018.”
* Three-pound plastic containers of “Classic Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens Chicken Salad.” The containers bear the use-by-date 09 23 2005 or 10 02 2005.” Each case bears the code “08012.”
Containers of barbeque beans and beef bear the establishment number “EST.27404” inside the USDA seal of inspection. Containers of chicken salad bear the establishment number “P-27404” inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The products were produced on Aug. 17 and 18. The chicken salad was distributed to delicatessens in Oklahoma and Texas. The barbeque was distributed to delicatessens in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
The problem was discovered through company testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
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 weak 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 Herb Grimes at (405) 895-6596.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) 674-6854. 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.