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    Smithfield Unit Recalls 140,000 Pounds of Hot Dogs

    WASHINGTON - Smithfield Foods Inc.'s John Morrell and Co. unit is voluntarily recalling about 140,000 pounds of hot dogs that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, the USDA said late on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON - Smithfield Foods Inc.'s John Morrell and Co. unit of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 140,000 pounds of hot dogs that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Agriculture Department said late on Thursday.

    Consumption of the contaminated food could cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially fatal disease that can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

    USDA said it has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these hot dogs.

    The beef, chicken and pork hot dogs and franks were produced on March 5 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide, USDA said.

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