October 6, 2003



Arkansas Firm Recalls Pork Products

Arkansas-based Berry Packing, Inc. recalled about 4,500 pounds of sausage and ham because of possible contamination with the illness-causing bacteria listeria, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Sunday.

The recall involves ready-to-eat sausage and smoked ham packaged on Sept. 26 and sold in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, the USDA said.

The USDA said it had no reports of illnesses linked to the recalled meat.

The recall applies to "Berry, Garlic Hot Sausage Links" stamped with the code "4255", "Berry, Summer Sausage" with the code "4245" and "Berry, Sugar Cured Smoked Ham" with a box code of "4245". The establishment number "2325" is inside the USDA mark of inspection on all of the packages.

Listeria monocytogenes is relatively harmless to healthy adults but can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and other serious illnesses for the elderly, the very young and those with chronic ailments.

The bacteria causes an estimated 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths annually, according to U.S. government data.


Source: USDA