- CHICAGO (AP) -- The death toll from tainted meat linked to a Sara Lee
Corp. subsidiary's processing plant has risen to 12.
- The outbreak of a rare strain of listeria
bacteria has sickened at least 79 people in 17 states since August, the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. In
addition to the 12 deaths, three women have had miscarriages, the agency
- Chicago-based Sara Lee recalled hot dogs
and deli meats produced at its Bil Mar plant in Zeeland, Michigan, after
the CDC found listeria contamination in unopened packages of the products.
- The recalled products bear identification
numbers of EST P-261, for poultry, or 6911, for other meats. Affected brand
names include Ball Park, Bil Mar, Sara Lee Deli Meat and Sara Lee Home
- The states reporting listeria infections
are Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont
and West Virginia.
- About 1,800 cases of food poisoning caused
by listeria are reported annually in the United States. Healthy people
usually can fight off the bacterium with no more than flu-like symptoms.
- The nation's largest listeria outbreak
occurred in California in 1985, according to the CDC. Forty-eight people
died and 66 miscarriages were linked to contaminated cheese.