Zeigler hot dogs recalled

Published 11:55 pm Monday, November 10, 2008

R. L. Zeigler Co., Inc., based in Selma, is recalling approximately 28,610 pounds of hot dog products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.

The products are being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination. These products were distributed to retail grocery stores in Alabama.

The following products with an eat-by date of Nov. 26, 2008, bearing the establishment number of “P-9156S” or “Est. 9165S” or a package code of “PK 092208A” are subject to recall:

12-ounce packages of “Zeigler wieners made with chicken and pork, artificially colored.”

12-ounce packages of “Vacuum packed Part-Ti Pups.”

12-ounce packages of “Zeigler Original Recipe Wieners, artificially colored.”

16-ounce packages of “Zeigler Jumbo Franks.” Each package bears the use-by date of “Nov. 21, 2008.”

12-ounce packages of “Zeigler Hot Dogs.”

10-pound bulk boxes of “Skinless Wieners, eight wieners per pound.”

10-pound bulk boxes of “Skinless Wieners, Artificially Colored, 10 wieners per pound.”

10-pound bulk boxes of “Skinless Wieners, 10 wieners per pound.”

10-pound bulk boxes of “Skinless Wieners, 12 wieners per pound.”

The hot dog products were produced on Sept. 22, and were sent to food service institutions and retail establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

In local grocery stores, the majority of the products were removed from shelves.

David Montz, manager of Cost Plus, said a representative of the USDA visited the store Monday.

“All of the ones that are marked Nov. 26 are gone,” Montz said. “People just need to check if they have some at home in the refrigerator.”

Stephanie Dillard, nutritionist for the Andalusia City School System, said the system does not serve Zeigler hot dogs in the lunchroom.

“These products are not the hot dogs that we use; however, there may be some remote possibility that some were purchased at a local grocery store and brought into the cafeteria,” Dillard said.

Terry Kyzar, environmentalist with the Covington County Health Department, said Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes high fever, headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

“Generally, healthy people are not affected by the bacteria, but one never knows,” Kyzar said as he urged residents to check their refrigerators for any hot dog product affected by the recall.

“And on the off chance that some does ingest the product and begins to feel any symptoms, seek medical attention,” he said.