Alaska Firm Recalls Sausage Products

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Alaska Sausage Company, Inc., an Anchorage, Alaska, firm, is recalling approximately 872 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

* 3-pound packages of "ALASKAN SAUSAGE LINKS WITH REINDEER MEAT." Each package bears a package code of "02709," a sell by date of "03/22/09" as well as the establishment number "EST. 17866" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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* " 1- and 3-pound packages of "GERMAN BRAND COOKED BRATWURST." Each package bears a package code of "02709," a sell by date of "03/02/09" as well as the establishment number "EST. 17866" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The sausage products were produced on Jan. 27, 2009 and distributed to institutions and retail establishments in Alaska.

The problem was discovered through the firm's microbiological sampling program. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

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.

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