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Hot Dogs Recalled for Listeria

October 26, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Citing possible listeria contamination, a meat processor is recalling skinless beef frankfurters that it distributed nationwide from a New York City plant.

Marathon Enterprises Inc. of East Rutherford, N.J., recalled all its Oct. 13 production, about 52,000 pounds of franks, and voluntarily closed the Bronx facility the next day. State inspectors found evidence of the bacteria that causes listeriosis, an unusual but potentially fatal disease.

Subsequent testing by the company prompted it to expand the recall Tuesday, according to the Agriculture Department.

No illness has been traced to the product, USDA officials said. It was not known how much meat is involved in the expanded recall.

All 16-ounce and 5-pound packages of ``Sabrett″ brand and ``Western Beef″ brand skinless beef franks with ``EST 8854″ inside the USDA seal of inspection are subject to the recall.

``Although we have no evidence of illness as a result of consumption of these products, we decided to err on the side of caution and conduct a national recall,″ Boyd Adelman, Marathon’s executive vice president, said. ``We will work closely with the USDA and other government agencies to ensure the health and safety of the public.″

Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can cause fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems.

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