October 6, 2006
ILLINOIS FIRM RECALLS COOKED ROAST BEEF FOR POSSIBLE LISTERIA CONTAMINATION
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago food service company is voluntarily recalling 3,703 pounds of sliced roast beef that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Meat and Poultry announced today.
The fully-cooked, sliced roast beef was produced on Sept. 27 by Portillo’s Food Service, Inc. and distributed to select Portillo’s restaurant outlets in the greater Chicagoland area. The possible exposure was discovered through in-plant microbiological testing. IDOA has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product.
Approximately 330 two-point-five pound packages and 200 one pound packages of roast beef have been distributed. Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 670” inside the Illinois Department of Agriculture mark of inspection, as well as the product codes “0912706”, “0912706T”, “0922706.”
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenescan cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
Healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis. However, it can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems including infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and still births.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture advises anyone with symptoms of Listeriosis to contact a doctor immediately. Questions about the recall can be directed to Portillo’s Quality Control Manager at (630) 954-3773 ext. 108. Questions about food safety can be directed to the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Meat and Poultry at (217) 782-6684 and if you have questions about illness associated with Listeria, please call your local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health at (217) 782-2016.
People at risk of Listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:
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