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August 26, 1999

Chorizos Sold in Puerto Rico Recalled for Double Contamination

SAN JUAN (SafetyAlerts) - Medina & Medina, a distributor of imported products in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is voluntarily recalling approximately 880 pounds of chorizos, a sausage product from Spain, that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products,  distributed in San Juan, are "Illera" brand Chorizo Cular en Mitadas in 12 to 16 ounce packages. Each package label bears the number 16 in the Spanish government mark of inspection. The sausage product was also sold to bakeries as "Illera" brand Chorizo in eight-pound plastic trays (two trays to a case). Each case bears code number 270216. The chorizo was distributed to bakeries and sold as individual sausages to customers.

Updated Information Sep 3
The new code number "272200" appears on the "Palacio's" brand Chorizo Cular master case label, the code 264200 appears on the "Illera" brand Chorizo Cular en Mitadas master case label, the individual packages of Chorizo Cular en Mitadas bear only the number 16 in the Spanish government mark of inspection.  These additional lots increase the total amount of recalled product to 1,640 pounds.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or persons 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.

Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of undercooked or underprocessed meat products contaminated with potentially harmful pathogens, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored product in their freezers can know to check," Billy said.

Consumers with questions about the recall may phone Mr. Pepin Medina at 787-782-7575.

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