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March 16, 2001

Goya Chorizos Sausage Recalled

Elizabeth, NJ (SafetyAlerts) - 814 Second Avenue Corporation, also doing business as Americas 814, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,100 pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The products subject to recall are "GOYA CHORIZOS" in 3.5 oz packages. Each package contains two chorizos. The packages have an expiration date of "EXP. MAR 08 2002"on the label and bear "EST. 2136"inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The chorizos were produced on March 1, and distributed to retail establishments in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological testing.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially for infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

FSIS has received no reports of illness 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 Michael Patracuolla, general manager, Americas 814, at (908) 354-2674.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

SALMONELLA PRECAUTIONS
People at risk for salmonellosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:

  • Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meats and poultry products. Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.

  • Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.

  • Cook raw meat and poultry to safe internal temperatures before eating. The safe internal temperature for meat such as beef and pork is 160 єF, and 180 єF for poultry.

  • Refrigerate raw meat and poultry as soon as possible after purchase, and cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

  • Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds). Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers March 16, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

 
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