November 19, 2002
Pennsylvania Firm Has Recalled Pork
Myerstown, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that Mahaffey?s Food Products is recalling
pounds of souse, a cooked pork product, that may be contaminated with
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
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.