June 24, 2000Inspectors Warn of Possible
Health Hazard with some Santos Linguisa Portuguese Sausages
Leandro, CA (SafetyAlerts) -
The U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS) today announced that products from the Santos Linguisa Factory, which is a
processor of specialty Portuguese sausages, may have been underprocessed, prepared under
unsanitary conditions, or produced without federal inspection.
Products which are underprocessed -- not cooked at
a high enough temperature -- may pose a food safety risk to consumers. Without inspection,
FSIS cannot make a determination if product is safe for human consumption.
The packages carry "EST. 8279" inside
the USDA mark of inspection, and have been distributed to retail stores and restaurants,
as well as through mail order. Labels bearing the marks of inspection may have been used
"Because of the risk of unsafe food, we urge
consumers who may have the product not to eat it," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
Consumers or retailers who purchased the product
directly from the company should contact FSIS District Enforcement Operations, (202)
418-8874. Other consumers should return the product to the point of purchase.
Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, FSIS has
the authority to detain, and take action against, any product that the agency has reason
to believe is adulterated or misbranded, and unfit for human consumption.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers June 24,
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