August 18, 1999
Dry Sausage Recalled for Possible Salmonella
BALTIMORE, MD (SafetyAlerts)
- Paul Schafer Meat Products, Inc., a Baltimore, Md., meat processing firm, is voluntarily
recalling approximately 35 pounds of sausage that may be contaminated with Salmonella,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced
The recalled product is approximately one-pound
packages of "Holsteiner Dry Sausage." The package labels have no sell-by date or
code, but "EST 2673" appears within the USDA seal of inspection. The product was
produced on July 30, 1999, and was distributed only in the Baltimore area.
Consumption of foods contaminated with Salmonella
can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacteria 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
eight to 72 hours after consumption of product. Additional symptoms may be chills,
headache, nausea, and vomiting, which can last up to seven days.
FSIS discovered the problem through its routine
monitoring program for Salmonella. A sample was reported positive on Aug. 17, 1999.
No illnesses associated with consumption of the
recalled product have been reported to FSIS. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician immediately.
Consumers and media with questions can call plant
owner Harold Quaas at (410) 661-5252.
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.