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June 24, 2000

Inspectors Warn of Possible Health Hazard with some Santos Linguisa Portuguese Sausages

San Leandro, CA (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 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 without authorization.

"Because of the risk of unsafe food, we urge consumers who may have the product not to eat it," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.

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, 2000.

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