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For immediate release: Oct. 18, 2002

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown, (609) 258-3601, lauren@princeton.edu


University suspends service of Wampler meat products

PRINCETON, N.J. -- As a precautionary measure, University Dining Services announced today that it has suspended service of Wampler Foods meat products, some of which have been recalled out of a concern about food illness related to listeria.

  • The University has not served any product that has been identified as containing listeria, and it is rare for healthy people to be impacted by the infection.
  • To date, the University has not experienced any cases of listeriosis or health problems that can be linked to the product.
  • Listeria cannot be passed from person to person.


Wampler Foods has recalled products that were produced between May 1 and Oct. 11, 2002. Testing at a Wampler plant occurred as part of a larger investigation of a listeriosis outbreak, primarily in the Northeastern United States, causing 46 illnesses since mid-July.

  • Listeriosis is a food-borne disease that can cause serious illness to certain individuals, including the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines regarding listeria.
  • The CDC reports that only about 2,500 cases of listeriosis occur each year in the United States.
  • It reports that "the risk of an individual person developing listeria infection after consumption of a contaminated product is very small."
  • If you are in a high-risk group -- including the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems -- and have eaten the contaminated product and within a month have become ill with fever or signs of serious illness, you should contact your health care provider to inform him or her about your exposure.

More resources

  • The federal government has established a listeria hotline at 800-535-4555.
  • University community members with health questions may contact Dr. Daniel Silverman, University chief medical officer, by email.
  • The State of New Jersey also has issued a statement on listeria.
  • A list of products covered by the recall is available at the Food Safety and Inspection Service Web site.


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