March 20, 2002
Louisiana Firm Has Recalled Pork Products
Bogalusa, LA (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Double D Meat Company Inc. has recalled
14,100 pounds of fresh, ready-to-eat pork sausage that may be contaminated
The products subject to recall are:
10 lb. cases of "DD RANCH Hickory Smoked Country Made Sausage," which bear
the case code "070," and the establishment code "EST. 13211" located inside
the USDA seal of inspection. The product was produced on March 11 and
distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Louisiana and
1-1.5 lb. packages of "DD RANCH Hickory Smoked Country Made Sausage," which
bear the sell-by date "SELL BY MAY 11 02" and the establishment code "EST.
13211" located inside the USDA seal of inspection. The product was produced
on March 11 and distributed to retail stores in Louisiana and Mississippi.
"Because of the potential for serious foodborne illness, consumers who have
purchased this product are urged not to eat it but to return it to the place
of purchase," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "Diners
also may wish to ask whether their meals contain the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis,
one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections
can be life-threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly and
persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking 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.
FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this
product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Mike Stogner,
owner, Double D Meat Company Inc., at (985) 735-6581.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and
Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety
messages are available 24 hours a day.