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November 19, 2002

Pennsylvania Firm Has Recalled Pork Products

Myerstown, PA (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Mahaffey?s Food Products is recalling approximately 1100 pounds of souse, a cooked pork product, that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The products subject to recall are 12-and 36-ounce packages of ?Mahaffey?s SOUSE.? Each package bears the establishment number, ?EST. 9656? inside the USDA mark of inspection. The company?s name and address are also printed on each label.

The souse was produced and packaged on Nov. 6 and distributed to retail stores in Pennsylvania.

?Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall,? said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. ?Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to eat it but to return it to the place of purchase.?

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Erwin Mahaffey, company owner, at (717) 933-4950.

 
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