AUSTIN, Minn., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced it is voluntarily undertaking a nationwide recall of all packages of Quick Meal(R) frozen hamburgers, including cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburgers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This 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 individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. A smaller amount involving only Quick Meal(R) cheeseburger sandwiches was recalled last week. Hormel Foods said the decision to expand the recall was strictly a safety precaution made to ensure complete public confidence in the integrity of the affected products. The recalled sandwiches include hamburgers, cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburgers under the Quick Meal(R) brand. No known illnesses have been associated with these products. Consumers who purchased these Quick Meal(R) sandwiches are urged to return them to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. Consumers who have questions may contact the company toll-free between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 877-446-7635. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by an institution receiving the product revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a cheeseburger package. Production of the product has been suspended while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Hormel Foods continue to investigate the source of the problem. "We are moving voluntarily to withdraw these products from the marketplace because of our long-standing commitment to both retail customers and consumers who know our reputation for producing and selling only products of the highest quality," said V. Allan Krejci, director of public relations for Hormel Foods. "It is vitally important to us that none of our customers or consumers ever have any reason to doubt the quality and wholesomeness of our products. When a problem of this nature develops, we are committed to our best efforts to resolve it quickly and satisfactorily."
SOURCE Hormel Foods