Breakfast Sausage Recalled For Listeria Concerns

August 23, 2017
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Fair Oaks Farms LLC has recalled 1,134 pounds of pork sausage patties after its testing returned positive results for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS and the company are worried that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are being urged not to consume them. The affected products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The fully cooked pork sausage patties were produced on August 8. and the specific product recalled can be identified by the following label information:

  • 2-lb. plastic sleeve packages containing “BREAKFAST Best FULLY COOKED ORIGINAL PORK SAUSAGE PATTIES,” with a sell-by date of 05/15/2018.

The affected products bear establishment number “EST. 17479T” above the sell by date.

Fair Oaks shipped the sausage patties to distribution and retail locations in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Further distribution details were not part of  the recall notice. When available, retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website.

Contamination was discovered when the firm’s routine testing indicated positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. The products were on hold at a distribution center, however, products were inadvertently shipped.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria may cause listeriosis, a serious infection that can be fatal for young children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns.

Healthy adults may also be infected, but they usually recover.

Any person who has eaten any of the recalled Breakfast Best brand sausage and developed symptoms of Listeria infection must seek medical attention and tell their doctors about their possible exposure to the bacteria. It may take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms to develop.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An infection may spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

In pregnant women, the infection can cause a miscarriage, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics and persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within 70 days after eating contaminated food, should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated product.

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