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October 12, 2000

Allergy Alert: California Firm Recalls Chinese Style Sausage

City of Industry, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Great River Food  said today it is recalling approximately 9,500 pounds of Chinese style sausage because it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is undeclared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods prepared at home, in restaurants, and by food processors. Some persons who have eaten foods containing MSG have reported adverse reactions, however, FSIS has received no reports of adverse reactions from this product.

The products being recalled are: Great Wall brand "CHINESE STYLE SAUSAGE" in 14 oz. packages, Great Wall brand "CHINESE STYLE SWEET SAUSAGE" in 12 oz. packages, Que Huong brand "CHINESE STYLE SAUSAGE" in 12 oz. packages, Flamingo brand "CHINESE STYLE SAUSAGE" in 14 oz. packages, and Flamingo brand "CHINESE STYLE SWEET SAUSAGE" in 12 oz. packages. Each package label bears "EST. 6081" in the USDA seal of inspection. All products with these labels are subject to recall. The Chinese style sausage was distributed for retail sale in California, New York, and Oklahoma.

"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "Consumers who have concerns about MSG should return the product to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector at the plant.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Eric Lee, plant manager, Great River Food, at (626) 968-6917.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day

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