From: Reuters
Published May 5, 2008 11:54 AM

U.S. company recalls about 286,000 pounds of meat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A New York company is voluntarily recalling about 286,000 pounds (129,700 kg) of fresh and frozen meat and poultry products that may be contaminated with bacteria, U.S. agriculture officials said on Saturday.

The products produced by Gourmet Boutique LLC of Jamaica, New York, were sent to food service and retail establishments nationwide, a U.S. Department of Agriculture statement said.

The meat may be contaminated with Listeria monocyotogenes bacteria, which can cause a rare but potentially fatal disease known as listeriosis, the USDA said. Infants, the elderly, people with HIV and patients undergoing chemotherapy are among those at risk for the disease.

Listeriosis also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

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The USDA said it had received no reports of illnesses linked to the products that were being recalled.

More information about the recall can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_013-2008_Release.pdf .

(Editing by Eric Walsh)

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