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.