June 2, 1998
Venetian Meat and Salami Co. Recalls Canadain Dry Sausage for E.
HAMILTON, ONT. (SafetyAlerts) - A Canadian dry sausage maker, Venetian
Meat and Salami Company Ltd. is voluntarily recalling its products from distribution in
the United States because the product may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7
and linked to an outbreak of foodborne illness in Canada, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The recalled Venetian brand dry fermented sausage was distributed in the Chicago and New
York City areas, New Jersey, and northern Pennsylvania. FSIS compliance officers are
checking import and distribution records to determine the total amount.
Venetian is recalling all dry fermented meat products under the Venetian Brand name with
codes 300 to 363 and 004 to 047, and Canadian Establishment Number 222 on the labels. The
codes represent the Julian calendar dates of production in Canada, which were from October
27, 1997 to February 17, 1998.
Venetian Brand and Crown Eagle Brand dry fermented meat products included in the recall
are as follows: Tsar Brand Dry Salami, Genoa Salami, Genoa Chub, Salametti, Sopressata
(semi-hot), Abruzzo Sopressata,Salami Nostsrani (small), Casalingo (long), Casalingo (1/2
V.P), Calabrese (flat), Siciliana (flat), Calabrese (large, flat), Coppa Large Dry Cured,
Cacciatore (sweet), and Cacciatore (hot). Any of these products without product codes are
also included in the recall.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne disease from consumption of uncooked
dry fermented sausage contaminated with pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7,
consumers who may have purchased these dry fermented products should return them to the
place of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, acting administrator of the USDA Food
Safety and Inspection Service.
Agriculture Canada tested Venetian dry sausage product following reports of consumption
linked to 33 illnesses in which victims reportedly ate Venetian product. Agriculture
Canada notified USDA Tuesday that the Canadian company voluntarily recalled the product
after a government test was positive for the E. coli O157:H7 organism.
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry
Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The Hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern
Time) Monday through Friday.
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