Bar-S Foods Company Recalls Hot Dogs due to Listeria Contamination
Bar-S Foods Company, an Oklahoma-based company and a major producer of hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat, ham, sausage, and other deli meat products, recently announced a massive product recall of hots dogs because of possible Listeria contamination.
The recall affects more than 372,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dogs and corn dogs. The specific deli meat products affected by the recall include 16-ounce packages of Bar-S classic bun length franks, 12-ounce packages of Bar-S classic franks, 24-ounce cartons of Signature pick 5 corndogs, 42-ounce cartons of Bar-S classic corn dogs, and 48-ounce packages of Bar-S classic corn dogs. Most of the recalled food items are ready-to-eat hot dogs produced between July 10 and July 13, 2016.
The potentially contaminated items were shipped to grocery stores throughout the country, including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. As a result, all consumers should be aware of the health and safety risks and make sure to either discard the recalled food products or return them to the store for a full refund. If a consumer has recently purchased the deli meats and put them in the freezer, it is imperative that they check their freezer and remove the affected items. Under no circumstances should anyone eat the recalled hot dogs.
Bar-S Foods first alerted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) after learning that some of its hot dog and corn dog products may be adulterated with Listeria. At this time, there have not been any reports of illnesses being suffered by consumers of the Bar-S hot dogs. However, the company took the extreme step of issuing a product recall because there is concern that the production facility has a recurring Listeria issue.
Listeria presents a significant health risk to consumers and can result in severe fever, headaches, muscle aches, loss of balance and equilibrium, and convulsions in certain cases. The groups of people most likely to be adversely affected by Listeria include seniors, pregnant women, young children, and anyone who suffers from a weakened immune system. These people are at significant risk of suffering adverse reactions to Listeria contamination.
Hot Dog Recall Issued Voluntarily
Although Bar-S Foods issued the recall voluntarily, the USDA is involved with the recall and is provided oversight and assistance to the deli meat company. In fact, the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) made a formal announcement about the recall and highlighted the health risks faced by consumers of the Bar-S meat products. The FSIS will also be monitoring the recall to ensure that the company is taking effective steps to protect consumers against health risks.
For more information, check out the KSNT.com article, “Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs Recalled over Listeria Concerns.”
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