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April 23, 2002

California Firm Has Recalled Beef Products

Los Angeles, CA (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Peoples Sausage Company Inc. has recalled approximately 200 pounds of fresh, ready-to-eat beef jerky that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The products subject to recall are various sized packages of "PEOPLE'S CHOICE Classic Premium Since 1929 WESTERN STYLE REAL BEEF JERKY." Each package bears the production code "01062," as well as the establishment code "EST. 4160" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The beef jerky was produced on April 15, and distributed to wholesale establishments in California.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said William Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to eat it but to return it to the place of purchase."

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 Mark Bianchetti, president, Peoples Sausage Company Inc., at (213) 627-8633

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