July 29, 2002
Pennsylvania Establishment Has Recalled Sausage
La Plume, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- Howard W. Darling has recalled approximately 22 pounds of fresh sausage
products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are approximately one pound rings of "SMOKED
KIELBASI." Each package bears the establishment code "EST. 9777" located
inside the USDA seal of inspection.
These products were produced on July 12, and distributed at the
establishment’s retail store between July 12 and July 14.
"We urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers," said William
Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "If they find any of the products listed
above, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause
listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people
rarely contract listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe
headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause
miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal
infections in those with weak immune systems – infants, the frail or
elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking
chemotherapy. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with
consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may Howard Darling,
owner, at (570) 945-5716.