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Recall of the Week: Bar-S franks and corn dogs due to Listeria contamination

Bar S FranksBar-S Foods Co. is recalling about 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dogs and corn dogs that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday.

The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dogs and corn dogs were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13.

The following products are included in the recall:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
  • 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
  • 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
  • 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
  • 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.

The recall hot dogs and corn dogs have establishment number “EST. P-81A” inside the USDA inspection mark. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Bar-S Foods notified FSIS’ Dallas District Office on July 19 of its intention to recall five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The firm hasn’t received test results for Listeria monocytogenes in the recalled products, but due to recurring Listeria issues at the firm, it decided to remove the products from sale as a precautionary measure, the FSIS said. There haven’t been any reports of illnesses or adverse reactions due to consumers eating these products.

Eating food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that usually affects older adults, people with weak immune systems, and pregnant women and newborns.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some of the recalled products may be frozen and in consumers' freezers, the agency said.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them, the FSIS and company said. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 888-965-6134.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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