Lori O. Willis, Director of Communications
Schnuck Markets, Inc., (314) 994-4602
October 14, 2002
Schnuck Markets Recalls Deli Prepared Wampler Chicken Breast Slices
ST. LOUIS -- On the heels of an expanded recall from Wampler Foods, Schnuck Markets, Inc. today recalled all Wampler Foods chicken breast meat, fresh sliced from the deli at Schnucks and Logli stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. According to Wampler, the deli meat could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, representatives of Wampler Foods, a unit of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, recalled all cooked deli products made since May at a plant in Franconia, Pa. Plant production was halted when testing determined the poultry might be contaminated. Wampler Foods later voluntarily expanded that recall to include all cooked deli products made from May 1 to Oct. 11.
According to Ed Meyer, vice president of Deli/Seafood, "Initially, Schnucks products were not involved. However, Wampler Foods took precautionary measures and expanded the recall to include fresh chicken breast, the kind sliced at our deli (does not include pre-packaged products)." He added, "Customers who have purchased Wampler chicken breasts from the Schnucks deli may return any remaining product to their nearest Schnucks store for a full refund."
Listeria monocytogenes is bacterium that causes a flulike illness that affects about 2,500 people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeria can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, according to the Agriculture Department. It can pose serious problems for children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.
Meyer says Schnucks stores in Mississippi and Tennessee do not carry the Wampler deli meat. No other Schnucks products are involved in this recall.
Consumers with questions should call the Information Recall Hotline at 1-877-260-7110.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 102 stores and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. This includes five stores that operate as Logli Supermarkets and a stand-alone Sentry drug store.
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