Meat product recall in Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 24th 2005, 11:07 am
By: News On 6

(UNDATED-AP) 4,925 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef products, made by Allison's Gourmet Kitchens Ltd. of Oklahoma and distributed to delicatessens in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, because they may be contaminated with listeria.

Products recalled were chicken salad distributed in Oklahoma and Texas bearing use-by dates of Sept. 16 and the codes 08015 or 08018, and chicken salad with use-by dates of Sept. 23 or Oct. 2 and the code 08012. Also recalled were barbecue beans with beef bearing use-by dates of Sept. 28 and 28 and the code 04075 that was distributed in all five states.

Symptoms of listeria include fever and upset stomach and, if infection spreads to the nervous system, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions. Pregnant women, older people and those with weakened immune systems are at risk.

Company testing turned up the problem with the products, which were produced on Aug. 17 and 18. There have been no reports of illness associated with the products. For questions about the recall, contact the company at (405) 895-6596. The Agriculture Department's meat and poultry hotline is (888) 674-6854.