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October 11, 2001

New Jersey Firm Recalls Basterma For Underprocessing And Excessive Sodium Nitrite

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 this Class I 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 York.

"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

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