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HOT DOGS BEING RECALLED BY BUFFALO PRODUCER

About 50,000 pounds of hot dogs are being recalled by a Buffalo company because of possible undercooking, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Zemco Industry, a Buffalo company that produces food under the Russer label, received a consumer complaint about the product. The agency said it has not fielded any reports of illnesses caused by the meat.

The hot dogs were sold in one- to five-pound packages on Oct. 5 and 6 and distributed to stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. Each package bears the code EST. 5222.

Select packages of several brands are among those being recalled, including Jordan's, Deutschmacher, Essem, Kirschner, Stop & Shop, Ferraro's and Hofmann wieners.

More information is available by calling the company at (800) 544-1427, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, or the agency at (800) 535-4555, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

In August, Zemco voluntarily recalled approximately 422 pounds of fully cooked ham -- also produced at its Buffalo plant -- because of suspected Listeria contamination.

CITY MISSION APPEALS FOR TURKEY, FIXINGS

The Buffalo City Mission put out a plea Monday for the donation of 1,000 turkeys by the time Thanksgiving arrives.

The "Thousand Turkey Drive" will help the mission during its annual seasonal work, which includes serving hundreds of meals at its shelters, providing holiday food baskets to poor families, delivering more than 2,000 meals to senior citizens and homebound families on Thanksgiving Day and supplying food to small ministries, churches and pantries in low-income neighborhoods.

Food donations can be dropped off at the mission's Men's Center, 100 E. Tupper St., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

In addition to turkeys, the mission also needs boxed mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and cranberry sauce.

PROPOSAL SETS LIMITS ON ADS ON WATER TOWERS

If advertising goes on water towers, it must be tasteful, according to a policy that goes before the Erie County Water Authority today.

The staff, sensing the authority can reap hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, is moving toward a program to sell ads on tanks at Colvin Boulevard and the well-known "big blue" tower shadowing the Youngmann Highway in Amherst.

The staff has readied the boilerplate language governing ads that will be denied. A key clause prohibits ads for tobacco, alcohol, bottled water (unless it's the authority's water), suggestive messages or a message promoting a foreign interest over a domestic one.

References to "an undesirable social behavior or which might be offensive because of racial, sexual or religious references, shall be avoided," it says. And medical products and treatments "shall be presented in a restrained and inoffensive manner."

Authority spokesman Brian Gould says if authority members OK the policy today, they'll still need to request proposals from advertisers or ad agencies -- a vote that could come soon.

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