September 15, 2003

 

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Meat, Poultry Products For Listeria

 

Kayem Foods Inc. of Chelsea, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 9,230 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced in a release Friday.

 

The products subject to recall are:

 

    --"TRIPLE M, FULLY COOKED BONELESS, BUDABALL HAM, WATER ADDED" Each package is stamped with the following code: "P2463 136"

 

    --"TRIPLE M, FULLY COOKED, HAM STEAK, WATER ADDED" Each package is stamped with the following: "LOT 136, SELL BY: OCT 23"

 

    --"DELI HAM, WATER ADDED, PACKED ON 09/3/03"

 

    --"GENOA SALAMI, BHA AND BHT WITH CITRIC ACID TO HELP PROTECT FLAVOR, PACKED ON 09/3/03, DISTRIBUTED BY KAYEM FOODS, CHELSEA, MA, 02152"

 

    --"al fresco, SUNDRIED TOMATO, with basil and tomatoes, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"al fresco, ROASTED GARLIC, with fresh onions and herbs, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"al fresco, SWEET ITALIAN STYLE, with fresh red and green peppers, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"al fresco, SWEET APPLE, with pure Vermont maple syrup, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"al fresco, SPICY JALAPENO, with jalapenos and roasted red peppers, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"al fresco, TERIYAKI GINGER, with tamari and chili peppers, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ." Each package is stamped with the following: "USE/FREEZE BY OCT 03, LOT 246"

 

    --"GENOA SPECIALTY PRODUCTS, FULLY COOKED, Sweet SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ (340g)" Each package is stamped with the following: "SELL BY OCT 08, LOT 246"

 

    --"GENOA SPECIALTY PRODUCTS, FULLY COOKED, Bold & Zesty SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ (340g)" Each package is stamped with the following: "SELL BY OCT 08, LOT 246"

 

    --"GENOA SPECIALTY PRODUCTS, FULLY COOKED, Roasted Garlic SAUSAGE, NET WT. 12OZ (340g)" Each package is stamped with the following: "SELL BY OCT 08, LOT 246"

 

The products were packaged on Sept. 3. Each package bears the establishment number "7839" or "P-7839" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

 

The products were distributed to retail establishments in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products.

 

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological testing.

 

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, HIV infection or in chemotherapy.