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2012-03-29

Texas firm recalls beef sausage due to possible contamination

Public Announcement

Southside Market & BBQ of Elgin, Texas is recalling approximately 2,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last week.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 16 oz. packages of "Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage," Lot # 065-E

• 16 oz. and 48 oz. packages of "Southside Market & BBQ Original Beef Sausage," Lot #'s 065-A, 065-B, 065-C, and 065-D

• 16 oz. packages of "Southside Market & BBQ 1882 Hot Recipe Beef Sausage," Lot # 065-D
Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment number "EST. 21577" in the USDA Mark of Inspection. The smoked and fully cooked products were produced on March 5, 2012, and distributed to retail warehouses in Texas, as well as through Internet sales to California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana and Texas. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that 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.

When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

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 health care provider.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Bryan Bracewell, CEO of Southside Market & BBQ, at 512-285-3407.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.

Additionally, 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 10 am to 4 pm, ET, Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.