August 7, 2003
New Jersey Firm Recalls Sliced
Atalanta Corp., an Elizabeth, N.J, export firm, is voluntarily recalling
approximately 500 pounds of sliced pepperoni products that are mislabeled as
pork, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection
Service announced today. The products have been imported from Canada.
The products being recalled are 10 lb. boxes of:
"SILA, SLICED PEPPERONI, SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED, PCN: 33401." Each label also
bears the establishment number "162" inside the Canadian mark of inspection.
Each 10-lb. box contains two 5-lb. bags, which also contain the label listed
above. The products were produced on July 2, 2003 and distributed to hotels,
restaurants and institutions in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
In the course of conducting a species identification test of the pepperoni,
FSIS laboratory results indicated the presence of beef in the product. FSIS
has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this
product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
The discovery is a technical violation of the ban on the import of beef into
this country from Canada. However, a subsequent investigation, launched
immediately after the lab results were made known, revealed that the
Canadian manufacturing plant making the product used a combination of
Australian, New Zealand and United States beef during the production of the
pepperoni. No Canadian beef was used as an ingredient.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Albert Pish
at (908) 351-8000.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and
Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and
Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.