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Possible Listeria Contamination In Coloradan Turkey Produce

by 5m Editor
3 May 2007, at 11:55am

DENVER - The Consumer Protection Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently learned that Diestel Turkey Ranch, located in Chinese Camp, California is voluntarily recalling approximately 6,907 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The turkey product was provided to Whole Foods locations in Colorado. All recalled product has been removed from store shelves.

The turkey products were produced on April 20, 2007 and were distributed to retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The problem was discovered through routine microbiological testing by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

Daniel Rifkin, Wholesale Food Program manager for the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection Division, said, “It is extremely important that any consumer who purchased the ready-to–eat recalled turkey products with the specified recalled codes discard the product.”

Eating 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 weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or those undergoing chemotherapy. If consumers have symptoms after consuming the product, they are advised to contact their health care provider.

5m Editor