540 Pounds of Pork Products Recalled by Virginia Firm For Possible Listeria Contamination
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2002– Pecan Point Food Products Inc., doing business as Woodbine Farm, a Norfolk, Va., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 540 pounds of cooked pork products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are 5 lb. tubs of "WOODBINE FARM, FOOD SERVICE SPECIALISTS, ORIGINAL RECIPE, COOKED PORK WITH SAUCE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." Also appearing on each label is the date code "41041114." The establishment number "EST. 8070" also appears inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The product was produced on November 14 and distributed to restaurants and delicatessens in southeastern Virginia. In addition, the product was sold at the company’s retail establishment, located at 729 Pecan Point Road in Norfolk, Virginia.

"Because of the potential for food-borne illness, consumers should not eat this product and should return it to the point of purchase," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product and consumers should check their freezers and refrigerators for this product."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. 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 children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.

There is absolutely no reason to have humans or animals suffer and die because of the production of food.  From our research, we believe all food-borne illnesses (so-called "stomach flu," for example) originate within the meat and dairy industries or from cross-contamination.  We believe that one day, in the not too distant future, the meat and dairy industries will be held financially responsible much in the same way that the tobacco industry has been held responsible for the illnesses and deaths that result from their products. 

In this single, small recall, we estimate that approximately 3 pigs suffered and died needlessly because of the human greed and carelessness involved in this industry.  Humans have a choice whether or not to eat these animal products - the pigs were not given a choice concerning their lives.

We don't need to eat animals or their by-products to live.  There is an abundance of plant based foods to satisfy our every need; and plant foods don't have the food-borne illness risks and hazards.  See our Recipes section for some helpful and healthful suggestions.

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