BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) _ A meat processing company has recalled about 1,500 pounds of hot dogs and sausage suspected of bacterial contamination.

The products made by B.B. Meat & Sausage Co. Inc., based in Bellingham, may be tainted with Listeria bacterium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

Healthy people often fight off the bacterium with no more than flu-like symptoms. But it can kill through meningitis or blood infection, and can be passed to fetuses, causing miscarriage or stillbirth.

The recalled items, distributed through retail outlets in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, are: Hempler's Bun Buster Franks, with a ``sell-by'' date of March 18; Hempler's Old Fashioned Weiners, also with a March 18 date; and Hempler's Cooked Bockwurst, with a March 4 date.

Each package bears the Agriculture Department's inspection mark ``EST 6410.''

In addition, the company is recalling bulk-packed kielbasa, knockwurst and polish sausage intended for institutional use, all with a Jan. 21 packaging date.

The agency said there is no evidence the potential contamination is related to a recent outbreak of sickness in 14 states linked to Sara Lee Corp. meats.