August 27, 1999
Cooked Sausage Recall
Possible Listeria contamination
North Dartmouth, MA - (SafetyAlerts) Gaspar's Sausage Co., Inc., a North
Dartmouth, Mass., meat and poultry processing firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately
3,720 pounds of cooked sausage that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled are
approximately one pound packages of Gaspar's Linguica, Gaspar's Chourico, and Gaspar's
Turkey Chourico. Each package label has a "Sell-By date" of 11/03/99, followed
by either 01 or 02. Each label also bears either "EST#287" or "EST
#P-287" inside the USDA inspection mark.
The product was packaged on Aug. 11
and was distributed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
"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.
The problem was discovered through
routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
Consumption of food contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal
disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. 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.
At this point, FSIS has received no
reports of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the
recall can call Charles Gaspar, Gaspar's Sausage Co., Inc., at 508-998-2012.
Consumers with questions about food
safety may phone 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.
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