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WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 5,360 pounds of hot dog products distributed in seven states are being recalled by a Salt Lake City company because they may be contaminated with listeria, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

The products from Hi-Grade Meats Inc. were produced July 16 and distributed throughout the West, in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Texas, Utah and Washington state, the USDA said.

The recall, covering 10-pound boxes bearing a "made on" date of July 19 and labeled as "bulk pak," includes hot polish sausage, beef franks, bratwurst and franks. Also recalled are 10-pound packages that read "Hi-Grade wieners, nonfat dry milk added" with case code 00268.

The company discovered the problem but has received no reports of illnesses, the department said.

Health officials say listeriosis, caused by eating listeria-tainted food, results in a higher rate of hospitalization than any other food borne illness. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are at the highest risk.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the company at (801) 487-5818, ext. 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT weekdays.

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

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