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October 28, 2002

Ohio Firm Has Recalled Meatballs

Columbus, OH (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Santina Foods Inc. has recalled an undetermined amount of fresh cooked meatballs that contain an undeclared allergen (sesame seeds).

The products being recalled are 5-lb. packages of "MR. MEATBALL COOKED MEATBALLS." Each package bears the establishment code "EST. 20201" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The implicated products were produced dating back to March 1998 and distributed to retail stores and restaurants in Franklin County, Ohio.

"We urge consumers who are allergic to sesame seeds to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Diners who are allergic may also wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Phil Gullatta, owner, at (614) 471-0700.

Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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