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Hamburgers, Hot Dogs Recalled

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WASHINGTON — Some hamburgers and hotdogs are being recalled because of possible bacteria contamination.

Dixie Packers of Florida is calling back 100,000 pounds of hot dogs distributed to Winn Dixie stores in 14 states. The products are sold as W.D. Brand or Madison Brand and all have a November 13th 1998 sell-by date. Dixie Packers Inc. of Madison, Fla., issued the voluntary recall Friday, the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said. Officials are concerned the franks may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Consumption of food contaminated with the bacteria can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease. The most common manifestation of listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune symptoms. USDA discovered the problem after a sample from a Tallahassee, Fla., store tested positive for the bacteria. The products were distributed to Winn-Dixie stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Some of the franks were also distributed to the Bahamas. All of the recalled products have a sell-by date code beginning with ``NOV 1398'' and a label inside the USDA inspection seal that reads either ``Est. 1415M'' for beef products or ``P-6655'' for poultry products. Subject to recall are the following: W/D Brand 10 Beef Franks; 12 ounce. W/D Brand 8 Jumbo Beef Franks; 16 ounce. W/D Brand 8 Jumbo Franks made with turkey, pork, beef; 16 ounce. W/D Brand 10 artificially colored franks made with turkey, pork, beef; 12 ounce. W/D Brand Big 60 Franks made with chicken, pork, beef, artificially colored; 72 ounce. Madison Brand Madison Family Pack Chicken Hot Dogs; 64 ounce. Madison Brand 10 Chicken Hot Dogs; 16 ounce. Madison Brand 10 Chicken Hot Dogs; 12 ounce. Mission Ridge 10 Chicken Hot Dogs; 12 ounce.

Meanwhile, Hormel is recalling its four-point-eight ounce packages of Quick Meal frozen cheeseburgers. The recalled cheeseburger sandwiches were distributed only in retail stores in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In both instances, the threat of possible listeria contamination was cited.

The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.