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Recall of Potentially Contaminated Italian Sausage Expanded To Include Additional Products

by John Gomez | Last Updated: February 18, 2010

February 18, 2010 – Daniele International Inc., is expanding its January 23 recall to include approximately 115,000 pounds of salami/salame products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said today.

The recall is being expanded as a result of a confirmed finding of Salmonella in an unopened salami product tested by FSIS, and by ingredient testing performed by the company.

The product was sampled during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Montevideo illnesses. These products were not subject to recall previously because they are not sausage products that contain black pepper on the external surface, or packaged with such products. Based on preliminary testing results, the company believes that crushed red pepper may be a possible source of Salmonella contamination.

Further testing is ongoing at a state health partner laboratory, and may determine if the product contained the Salmonella Montevideo strain associated with the multi-state outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, state health and agriculture departments, and Daniele International are cooperating in this investigation.

The CDC has posted information about the multi-state outbreak on its website (http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella)  but the investigation is ongoing and the root cause of the contamination has not yet been determined.

The products subject to recall include:

  • 8-oz. pkgs. of “Daniele Hot Salame Panino With Fresh Mozzarella.”
  • 8-oz. pkgs. of “Boar’s Head Salame Panino, Salame Rolled In Mozzarella Cheese.”
  • 8-oz. pkgs. of “Daniele Italian Style Salame Panino, Hot Salame Rolled In Mozzarella Cheese.”
  • Random weight pkgs. of “Daniele Italian Style Salame Panino, Hot Salame Rolled In Mozzarella Cheese.”
  • 8-oz. pkgs. of “Dietz & Watson Artisan Collection Hot Salame Panino, Hot Salame Rolled In Mozzarella Cheese.”
  • 8-oz. pkgs. of “Daniele Salame Panino With Fresh Mozzarella And Basil.”
  • 1-lb. 8-oz. variety pkgs. of “Daniele Capocollo Panino With Fresh Mozzarella And Basil; President’s Prosciutto Panino With Fresh Mozzarella And Basil; Hot Salame Panino With Fresh Mozzarella,” with UPC Code 736436709582.

NOTE: The products contained in this variety three-pack may be sold individually as well.

Each package bears a label with establishment number “EST. 459” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The above products are sold individually packed, except as noted above. The products subject to recall have sell-by dates ranging from February 3, 2010, through May 26, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food-borne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the Defective Product lawyers of the Gomez Law Firm today.

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