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December 3, 1999

Galant Food Co. Recalls Paramount Piroshkies

San Francisco, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Galant Food Co. is voluntarily recalling approximately 20 pounds of chicken, rice, and cheese piroshkies that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product being recalled is "PARAMOUNT PIROSHKI" brand chicken, rice, and cheese piroshkies and was sold to consumers in the San Francisco area. The product was produced Nov. 22; packaged in boxes holding one, two, or three dozen piroshkies.

The recalled piroshki were distributed to local delis in the in the San Francisco area. The delis may have packaged individual piroshkies with company-supplied labels bearing the identifiers "PARAMOUNT PIROSHKI," "Chicken, Rice & Cheese Piroshki," and "NET WT. 5 OZ."

"Because of the potential of foodborne illness, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase," said FSIS administrator Thomas J. Billy.

Consumption of foods 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, with 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.

At this point, FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Galina Galant, plant owner, (415) 557-5475.

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