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Zeigler issues recall of hot dogs

An Alabama company said Monday it voluntarily recalled 28,610 pounds of hot dogs shipped to five Southern states because the meat may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.

R.L. Zeigler Co. issued the recall after an inspector in Atlanta found a single package of wieners contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause an illness that is sometimes fatal.

Food safety officials said no one has reported any health problems linked to the meat, which was produced on Sept. 22.

Zeigler President W. Lackey Stephens said the company expected to retrieve fewer than 2,000 pounds of product since most already has been sold and eaten.

“Most of it is already through the system without any problem,” he said.

The recall includes several different sizes and types of Zeigler hot dogs sold in everything from 12-ounce packages to 10-pound bulk boxes. The product were sent to food service institutions and stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, which can cause deadly infections in people with weak immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths along with high fevers, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea.

State agriculture officials said the following products were subject to recall:

—12-ounce packages of “ZEIGLER WIENERS MADE WITH CHICKEN AND PORK, ARTIFICIALLY COLORED.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 26, 2008” and the establishment number “P-9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—12-ounce packages of “VACUUM PACKED PAR-TI PUPS.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 26, 2008” and the establishment number “P-9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—12-ounce packages of “ZEIGLER Original Recipe WIENERS, artificially colored.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 26, 2008” and the establishment number “EST. 9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—16-ounce packages of “Zeigler Jumbo Franks.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 21, 2008” and the establishment number “P-9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—12-ounce packages of “Zeigler Hot Dogs.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 26, 2008” and the establishment number “P-9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—10-pound bulk boxes of “SKINLESS WIENERS, 8 WIENERS PER LB.” Each box bears the package code “PK 092208A” and the establishment number “EST. 9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—10-pound bulk boxes of “SKINLESS WIENERS, ARTIFICIALLY COLORED, 10 WIENERS PER LB.” Each box bears the package code “PK 092208A” and the establishment number “EST. 9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—10-pound bulk boxes of “SKINLESS WIENERS, 10 WIENERS PER LB.” Each box bears the package code “PK 092208A” and the establishment number “EST. 9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

—10-pound bulk boxes of “SKINLESS WIENERS, 12 WIENERS PER LB.” Each box bears the package code “PK 092208A” and establishment number “EST. 9156S” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is 1-888-674-6854.