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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Chicago company is recalling 24,700 pounds of pork rinds sold nationwide because they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria, the Agriculture Department said Monday.

Evans Food Products Co. issued the recall after tests showed that the pork rinds may contain salmonella, a germ that can cause food poisoning, the department said. No illnesses have been reported.

The pork rinds under recall are marked with the establishment number "EST. 1673" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced on April 26, 2004, and each package has the use or sell by date "Aug. 07 A."

Those recalled items were sold under the product names of Old Dutch, Bac'n Puffs Brand; Original Oriental Delight; Better Made; Higglets; Simms; Hot & Spicy Flavored Pork Rinds; Salt & Vinegar as well as Barbecue Flavored Pork Rinds.

Infection from salmonella can cause flu-like symptoms and can be deadly. The elderly, young children, and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mike Pannitto, company general manager, at 773-254-7400.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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