Friday, November 24, 2006

Really, it's a little late for this

Recalling turkeys the day after Thanksgiving??? It's a little late, don't you think?


WASHINGTON (Reuters) — An Ohio-based company is recalling 46,941 pounds of turkey and ham products that officials fear could cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

HoneyBaked Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling the meat, which includes cooked, glazed and sliced ham and turkey, the agriculture department said in a statement.

The meat, produced between Sept. 5 and Nov. 13, may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, which can bring about high fever, headaches, neck stiffness and nausea, the USDA said.

Healthy individuals are not usually susceptible to the illness, but it can cause infections to infants, the elderly, or people with HIV or cancer. It can also cause miscarriages.

The meat was sold at the company's retail stores and kiosks around Toledo, Ohio, and to customers across the country over the Internet and through the company's catalogue.

Federal officials consider the situation a high risk to human health, but have not received any reports so far of illness related to the meat products.

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