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KOSHER ITEMS FROM CANADA RECALLED DUE TO POISONING

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday it has recalled 502 pounds of Canadian kosher frankfurters from a Monsey, N.Y., retail store after USDA inspectors found contamination by food poisoning organisms during a routine import reinspection in Buffalo.

Officials said the store, the Meat Showcase, is cooperating in the recall of "Continental Strictly Kosher Beef Frankfurters" made in Montreal. It is the only U.S. store that has received the 14-ounce packages, which are labeled "Product of Canada" and bear the crown inspection seal of Canada. They also bear the mark "Establishment Number 472" and have no sell-by date.

No illnesses have been reported, said Ronald J. Pica, associated administrator of the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The suspected bacteria can cause listeriosis, which was described as "a rare but potentially serious disease."

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