Italian Sausage Products Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

February 4, 2010 – The California Department of Public Health is warning people not to consume certain ready-to-eat Italian sausage products manufactured by Daniele, Boar’s Head, Black Bear, and Dietz and Watson, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The products subject to recall include:

  • 10 oz. packages of “Daniele Naturale Salame Coated With Coarse Black Pepper.”
  • Catch weight packages of “Daniele Pepper Salame.”
  • 9 oz. packages of “Black Bear Of The Black Forest Baby Genoa Pepper Salame.”
  • 20 oz. packages of “Daniele Deli Selection, Genoa Salame, Smoked Salame, Peppered Salame, Rustic Salame.”
  • 340- and 454-gram packages of “Daniele Surtido Fino Italiano, Salami Genoa Con Pimienta, Lomo Capocollo, Salami Calabrese.”
  • 16 oz. packages of “Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack, Hot Calabrese, Pepper Salame, Hot Capocollo.”
  • 8 oz. packages of “Dietz & Watson Artisan Collection Party Platter Pack, Hot Calabrese, Pepper Salame, Hot Capocollo.”
  • 8 oz. packages of “Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack, Hot Calabrese, Pepper Salame, Hot Capocollo.”
  • 16 oz. packages of “Daniele Gourmet Combo Pack, Pepper Salame, Capocollo, Calabrese.”
  • 500-gram packages of “Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack Emballage Assorti Gourmet Italien, Hot Calabrese, Pepper Salame, Calabrese Piquant, Salami Au Poivre, Hot Capocollo, Capocollo Piquant.”
  • 8 oz. packages of “Boar’s Head Brand All Natural Salame Coated With Coarse Black Pepper.”
  • Catch weight packages of “Dietz & Watson Artisan Collection, Baby Genoa Pepper Salame, Made With 100% Pork Coated With Black Pepper And Pork Fat.”
  • 20 oz. variety packages of “Daniele Deli Selection, Genoa Salame, Sweet Sopressata, Peppered Genoa, Milano Salame.”
  • 21 oz. variety packages of “Daniele Gourmet Italian Deli Selection, Sweet Sopressata Salami, Peppered Genoa Salami, Hot Sopressata Salami, Milano Salami, Salami Sopressata Doux, Salami Genoa Poivré, Salami Sopressata Piquant, Salami Milano.”
  • 7 oz. packages of “Daniele Salame Bites Pepper Salame.”
  • 14 oz. packages of “Daniele Gourmet Italian Deli Selection Assortment De Fines Charcuterie Italienne, Sweet Sopressata Salami, Milano Salami, Salami Sopressata Doux, Salami Milano.”
  • Catch weight packages of “Daniele Naturale Salame Coated With Coarse Black Pepper.”
  • 32 oz. variety packages of “Daniele Deli Selection, Genoa Salame, Sweet Sopressata, Peppered Genoa, Milano Salame.”
  • Packages of “Daniele Hot Sopressata Calabrese,” produced on 11/7/09, 12/16/09 and 12/18/09.
  • Packages of “Daniele Sopressata Calabrese,” produced on 12/16/09 and 12/18/09.
  • Packages of “Boar’s Head Brand Hot Sopressata Calabrese,” produced on 11/28/09, 12/9/09 and 12/14/09.
  • 3-oz. packages of “Daniele Naturale Salame Coated With Coarse Black Pepper.”
  • Approximately 6-lb. packages of “Daniele Salame Grande Coated With Pork Fat & Pepper.”

The products were distributed nationwide to delicatessens and grocers, and in California can be found in various retail locations including, Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and BevMo. Three Californians have been hospitalized related to this incident. 

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. Consumers who have eaten this product and are experiencing these symptoms should consult a health care provider.

On January 23, laboratory analysis identified Salmonella in one of Daniele International Inc.’s salami products. The Rhode Island-based food company has since initiated a voluntary recall of more than 1.2 million pounds of various Italian sausage products.

The salami product was tested as part of an on-going investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. On January 26, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported, that since July 2009, there have been 189 illnesses in 40 states. California has had 30 cases from seven counties. Those counties and the number of cases are: Santa Clara (19); Los Angeles, (6); Alameda, (1); Kern, (1); Mendocino (1); Orange (1) and Riverside (1). Three Californians have been hospitalized related to this food contamination. Preliminary analyses suggest that the salami product may be the source of some of these illnesses.

The product tested was similar to the products available to consumers who experienced illness in the multi-state investigation. A Salmonella strain found in tested salami product has a molecular fingerprint pattern that is indistinguishable from the strain causing the national outbreak. Further testing and investigation are ongoing.

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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