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January 5, 2007: Recall of Over 15,000 Pounds of Franks

On January 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the Gold Star Sausage Co.; based in Denver, CO, is voluntarily recalling 15,514 pounds of frankfurters due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are being recalled by the company

  • One-pound packages of MAVERICK RANCH BEEF FRANKS, 6 SKINLESS FRANKS. "Each package bears a "sell by" date of "2/14/07", "2/21/07", or "2/28/07."

  • One-pound packages of MAVERICK RANCH BUFFALO FRANKS, 6 SKINLESS FRANKS. "Each package bears a "sell by" date of "12/27/06", "1/3/07", "1/10/07", "2/14/07", "2/21/07", or "2/28/07."

  • Five-pound packages of "BEEF FRANKS, PRODUCT CODE MF55-0606-15. "These products were packaged on "12/09/06."

Each package bears the establishment number "EST. 1106" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

To date, there have been no reports of illness linked with these consumption of Gold Star products. The pathogen was discovered through product testing by a non-government laboratory. 

The frankfurters were sold in the following 18 states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause a serious illness known as listeriosis. Symptoms of the illness include fever, muscle aches, and occasionally nausea and diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. Symptoms typically appear from 3 – 4 weeks following the consumption of contaminated food. However, symptoms can develop from one week to 90 days after exposure to Listeria.

The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flue-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, or septicemia (blood infection) and meningitis in the newborn.

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