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Maeco Foods Recalls Peanut Meal Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 31, 2009 -- Maeco Foods of College Point, New York is recalling its 8 oz. packages of PEANUT MEAL, because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. This action is a result of the PCA expanded recall of January 28, 2009 for all peanut products manufactured in their Blakely, Georgia facility since January 1, 2007. Maeco Foods received the peanut meal from PCA.
Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov.
The peanut meal was repacked into consumer size packages which were distributed to retail stores in the New York City area.
The peanut meal is packaged in clear, plastic bags with a net weight of 8 OZ., and bears the Maeco Foods logo. The product has a UPC code of 8 17855 64240 4 and no other coding. The firm has ceased distribution of the peanut meal.
Maeco Foods is not aware of any complaints or reports of illness involving the peanut meal subject to this recall.
Maeco Foods is notifying retail customers that received the recalled peanut meal by phone or in person. Customers should segregate, hold, and return the product to the Maeco Foods for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Maeco Foods at 1-718-539-4995, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, EDT.