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January 9, 1998

Multiple Brands of Dry Sausage Recalled from Ideal Sausage Co.

SOUTH HACKENSACK, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - Ideal Sausage Co. is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 pounds of its dryfermented sausage products distributed mainly to New York City and northeastern states because some of the product was underprocessed and may have the potential of causing serious illness if eaten.

The following brand names are being recalled: Ideal Sausage Co. Inc., Corrado's, Salmartino, Calabria, Prestia, Piedmont Provision Co. Inc., Liguria, Savona, and Maglio.

All packages with these brand names and with no code date on the labelare being recalled. "Est. 7543" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label. Any package with a code date of January 6 and later is not included in the recall.

The products were distributed primarily to retail food stores in New YorkCity, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and to other northeastern states.

"Because of the potential hazard, we urge consumers to avoid eating the recalled products," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "We urge consumers who may have purchased suspectproduct to return it to the place of purchase," Billy said.

USDA learned of the problem after laboratory tests requested by a distributor indicated that some of the product already shipped to stores may have been underprocessed. Common symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; and, in some cases, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and headache.

Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free USDAMeat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The Hotline can be reached from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time)Monday through Friday.

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