Food Safety and Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
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Contact: Steve Lombardi
SAVOIE'S CAJUN DRESSING MIX RECALLED FOR SALMONELLA
Washington, September 22, 1998--Savoie's Sausage & Food
Products, Inc., an Opelousas, La, food processing firm is voluntarily recalling about
500,000 pounds of frozen "Savoie's Dressing Mix" because of possible Salmonella
contamination, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
"Real Cajun! SAVOIE'S Dressing Mix" is a
regional ground pork and chicken product in gravy consumers usually prepare with rice. All
one-pound uncoded packages of the product are being recalled. Coded products subject to
recall have a 4-digit number stamped on the side of the container with the first 3 digits
from "195" to "258" and with "8" as the last digit. (Codes
range from 1958 to 2588 but always end in "8".) "EST. 13346" appears
inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label. No other product is affected by the
The product was distributed to retail food stores in
the following 9 states: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan,
Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
The problem was discovered after product served at an
August 15 wedding in Louisiana was linked to 62 illnesses, with 9 persons admitted to a
hospital for fever and diarrhea. Product samples and stool isolates tested positive for
Salmonella. USDA requested the recall after learning of laboratory confirmation of
Salmonella by Louisiana state epidemiologists.
"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 Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and
Inspection Service. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased
and stored this product can check their freezers," said Billy.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can
cause salmonellosis, a potentially serious disease. Those with weakened immune
systems--infants, young children, the elderly, and the chronically ill--are easily
susceptible, but anyone can be affected. Symptoms of salmonellosis include the sudden
onset of flu-like symptoms such as stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea, chills, fever, and
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.