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Possible Listeria in Orientex Hotdogs


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This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

California company Ramar Foods recalled approximately 5.25 pounds of hot dogs that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced.

The following product was subject to the recall:

12-ounce packages of “ORIENTEX MANILA-STYLE HOT DOGS.” Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 17480” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the product code, “065000717.”

The hot dogs were produced on July 17, 2006, and were distributed to a retail outlet in San Leandro, California.

The problem was discovered not by Ramar, but through microbiological testing conducted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. 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.

Edith Mendoza (925) 432-4267

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