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
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
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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