Lay Packing Company, Inc. announced today that as a precautionary measure it is voluntarily recalling wiener products produced at its plant in Knoxville because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

No illnesses have been linked to sales of the products.

The recall covers a ten state area in the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Products marked with a "sell by" date prior to December 9, and bearing the plant establishment numbers P-967 or 967 are affected by the recall. These products include the following:
  • Lay's Wieners in 12 ounce and 16 ounce packages;

  • Lay's "Circle L Brand" wieners in 24 ounce packages;

  • Lay's "Thrift Brand" wieners in 24 ounce packages;

  • Lay's "Quik Start" wieners in 12 ounce packages;
The following products are produced in more than one processing plant. Of these, only those bearing the establishment numbers P-967 or 967 are affected by the recall:
  • "Madison Franks" in 12 ounce packages.

  • "Jubilee Hot Dogs" in 12 ounce packages;

  • "Frosty Morn" wieners in 12 ounce packages;

  • "Dinner Delights" in 16 ounce packages;

  • "WD Wieners" in 12 ounce packages;

  • "WD Jumbo Franks" in 16 ounce packages of 10 franks;

  • "WD Jumbo Franks" in 16 ounce packages of 8 franks;

  • "WD Beef Franks" in 12 ounce packages;

  • "WD Beef Franks" in 16 ounce packages.
"The health and safety of our consumers is our first priority," said company president Joe Lay in announcing the voluntary recall. "We are asking our distributors and retailers to remove all the indicated products from their shelves, and encourage our consumers to return the products to their retailers for a full refund," he said.

"In keeping with our 80 year tradition of providing our customers the highest quality products, we have suspended our wiener production line and will not resume production of wieners until we have fully addressed the source of the problem," Lay said.

The contamination problem was identified in samples taken by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service have been apprised of the situation.

"We are cooperating fully with state and federal officials in this effort," Lay said.