September 5, 2002
Pennsylvania Firm Has Recalled Sausage Products
Pittsburgh, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service
Pennsylvania Macaroni Company Inc. has recalled
approximately 1,035 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products imported from
Canada that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are:
3 lb. packages of "Nostrano SAUCISSE ÉPICÉ CALABRESE SPICY SAUSAGE." The
packages bear the product code "L20626" and the establishment code "CANADA
1 lb. packages of "CALABRESE HOT (NOSTRANO)."
The products were distributed to a retail store in Pittsburgh.
"We want consumers to be aware of the recall because of the potential for
foodborne illness," said Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator.
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling of
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause
listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people
rarely contract listeriosis. However, 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 such as infants, seniors,
persons with chronic disease, those with HIV infection or patients
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 contact Louis Devos,
purchasing manager, at (412) 919-0439.