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Sunday, November 30, 2008

USDA Recalls "Blimpie" Steaks in Five States; Possible Listeriosis

Nov. 29, 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service has recalled 3.5-ounce, individually wrapped packages of Blimpie fully-cooked seasoned beef shaved steaks, thinly sliced with onions.

The products are distributed in five states, including Illinois. The ready-to-eat frozen beef sandwich portions may be contaminated with a bacteria that could cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea in healthy people and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems.

The frozen beef portions were produced Nov. 14, 17, 18 and 20, and their labels are marked with 'EST. 2727' as well as printed Julian dates of '3198,' '3228' or '3238.'

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Customer Relations Manager Deborah Schoeller at (781) 948-1585, or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (889) 674-6854.

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