FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Margaret Hart, Communications Coordinator
MDA issues consumer advisory for Belgrade Meat Centers fully cooked smoked sausage products
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid consuming smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center, Belgrade, Minn., after routine product sampling discovered the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
There are no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
The pepper sticks included in the advisory bear the lot number 318130 located on the back of the package, and Minnesota State Establishment Number 1157. Belgrade Meat Center sold approximately 20 pounds of the pork and beef pepper sticks at its retail store in Belgrade. The company is cooperating with MDA’s investigation. Consumers are asked to return packages to the retail store.
In addition, approximately 280 pounds of product was distributed under the Pastures A Plenty label. These products include:
According to MDA Dairy and Food Inspection Division Director Heidi Kassenborg, the contamination was first detected in a product sample collected during a routine inspection. MDA investigators are now working to determine the source of the contamination.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease marked by fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can sometimes cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the product should contact their health care provider. For more details about the product, call Belgrade Meat Center LTD at (320) 254-8287 or Pastures A Plenty at (320) 367-2061.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org