May 9, 2008
R&R Alsatian Sausage and Products is recalling beef jerky sold in bulk quantities at its Castroville location on April 25 and later. The jerky is being recalled because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium.
Consumers who have the product should not eat it and should destroy it or return it to the company. Packages contain the product name and company name.
DSHS laboratory testing detected Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the beef jerky. The testing was done as part of a routine DSHS inspection.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or nausea. Headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions may occur if the infection spreads to the nervous system. The incubation period is usually from 12 hours to three weeks but can be longer.
Healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill from Listeria infection.
Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk. Pregnant women may only have mild cases of the illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, miscarriage, stillbirths or babies being born with infections that can be life threatening.
DSHS is not aware of any illnesses associated with the recalled product.
More information is available from the company by calling (830) 931-2430.
(News Media: For more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)