Texas Firm Recalls Smoked Beef Brisket
Product For Possible Listeria Contamination
WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2009 - Lone Star Brisket Company, a
Thorndale, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 207 pounds of
smoked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS) announced today.
The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels, JPG Only]
2 to 3 pound vacuum packed "Texas Star Meat Company SMOKED BEEF BRISKET
Fully Cooked." Each label bears the establishment number "EST.
27340" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a day-glo sticker
"Sliced" next to the product label.
Each 50-pound case, which can be identified by the case code
"222A", contains approximately twenty (20) 2 to 3 pound briskets.
The smoked beef brisket products were produced on Aug. 11, 2009 and
distributed to Department of Defense Commissaries in New Mexico and Oklahoma.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms
notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain
that the product is no longer available to consumers.
The problem was discovered through FSIS's microbiological sampling program.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this
Consumption of 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 undergoing chemotherapy. Individuals concerned about an
illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact company
General Manager Chris Frazier at (512) 898-5423.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS
virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The
toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is
available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are
available 24 hours a day.