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Hot dog products recalled due to bacteria fears

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More than 370,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog products have been recalled from grocery aisles across America.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma-based Bar-S Foods Company pulled back a number of ready-to-eat hot dog and corn dog items due to fears of potential Listeria bacteria contamination.

None of the Bar-S's products have tested positive for the bacteria, but they issued the precautionary recall after a series of Listeria issues at the company.  

The USDA says there have been no confirmed illnesses reported due to the recalled products.

Nevertheless, individuals who purchased the affected items are urged by the USDA not to eat them.  Recalled items are to be thrown away or returned to their place of purchase.

Bar-S says the hot and corn dogs in question were produced between July 10th and 13th of this year and shipped nationwide.

The products, according to the USDA, all have the establishment number "EST. P-81A" inside of their USDA inspection mark.  

A full list of recalled products is listed below:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of "BAR-S Classic 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 USDA says fears that the potential presence of bacteria could develop into listeriosis in consumers prompted the recall.  

Listeriosis, according to the USDA, primarily affects older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems, as well as pregnant women and their newborns, 

If contracted by a pregnant woman, listeriosis can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and other infection problems for the child.  

The bacterial disease generally causes fever, muscle aches, headaches, confusion, and various gastrointestinal symptoms if contracted by most individuals, according to the USDA.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. 

The USDA says persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care.

More information about the recall and Listeria bacteria can be found here.

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