October 11, 2001
New Jersey Firm Recalls Basterma For Underprocessing And Excessive Sodium
Linden, N.J. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Pan-Am Michels, Ltd. is recalling approximately
10,000 pounds of basterma, a spicy, pressed beef product, because of
underprocessing (insufficient drying time) and excessive sodium nitrite.
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The product subject
to recall is halal "FELETTO #1 BASTERMA." The products are packaged in net
stockings and weigh between 4 and 7 lbs. each. The recalled product was
packaged between July 5 and Sept. 19. It can be identified by a date code on
each label, such as "7-0501," which signifies July 5, 2001, or "9-1901,"
which signifies Sept. 19, 2001. Labels also bear the establishment number
"7487" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The product was distributed to retail establishments in New Jersey and New
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want
consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
administrator. "I urge consumers who have purchased this product not to eat
it and to return it to the place of purchase."
Pan-Am Michels discovered this problem and notified FSIS.
FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with
consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.