Mortadella Cooked Sausage Recalled
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Principal Marques, an Entobicoke, Ontario meat processing firm, is
voluntarily recalling about 456 pounds of cooked sausage that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes bacteria, the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
Subject to recall are approximately
one pound packages (chubs) of the Regio Brand Mortadella cooked sausage. The packages are
marked with the identifying code "Best Before 99Mar22" on the label. In
addition, packages bear establishment number 225 in the Canada inspection mark.
The product was packaged on December
22, 1998, and distributed only in the Milwaukee, Chicago, and Miami areas.
"Because of the potential of
foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it
and to return it to the point of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, associate
administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
FSIS discovered the problem through
its routine import monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
At this point, FSIS has no evidence
linking this product to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak, which is still under joint
FSIS and CDC investigation.
Consumption of food contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal
disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. The most common manifestation of
listeriosis is meningitis, which has symptoms of 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 weakened immune systems--infants, the
frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy
Anyone concerned about an illness
should contact a physician immediately.