April 22, 1999
Wisconsin Firm Recalls Polish
Sausages Because Of Salmonella
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts)
- Cloverland Sausage and Meat Inc., a Marshfield, Wis. meat processing firm, is
voluntarily recalling approximately 173 pounds of polish sausage that may be contaminated
with Salmonella, the U. S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall and identifiable by
consumers is 20 ounce packages of Cloverland Polish Sausage. The packages have an
identifying code of #982364, and the package also bears "Est #18979" inside the
USDA seal of inspection.
The product was produced on December 30, 1998, and
was distributed only in the Marshfield area from the retail counter of Cloverland Sausage
and Meats, Incorporated.
The problem was discovered through a routine FSIS
monitoring sample. A sample was collected on April 12, and was reported positive on April
Consumption of foods 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, HIV infection, or persons taking chemotherapy. The most
common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8
to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting which can
last up to 7 days.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a
Consumers with questions about the recall should
contact Ed Ziehlke at 715-384-9322. Consumers with questions about food safety may call
the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is staffed from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded information is
available 24 hours a day.