June 2, 1998
AMI Soujouk Semi-Dry Sausage Recalled for Listeria
SUN VALLEY, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Shahbaz Meat Products Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 38 pounds of semi-dry sausage
that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
All packages (containing 2, 3, or 4 sticks),
weighing about 1 pound each, of "AMI Soujouk Semi-Dry Sausage" distributed to
the greater Los Angeles area are being recalled. "Est. 18854" appears inside the
USDA inspection seal on the product label. No other product is affected by the recall.
"Because of the potential foodborne illness
hazard, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place
of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, acting administrator of USDA's Food Safety and
USDA discovered the problem through its routine
monitoring program for Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease. In
general, 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. However, listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths
among pregnant women, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with
weakened immune systems--infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease
or HIV infection or taking chemotherapy for cancer.
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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