Salmonella Italian Sausage Recall Expanded

Daniele International Inc., with locations in Rhode Island, is expanding its January 23 recall to include approximately 17,235 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami/salame, that may be contaminated with <"">Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The recall has been classified as a Class I, which means that this is a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The recall is being expanded as a result of a confirmed finding of Salmonella in an unopened salami product reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The product was sampled during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Montevideo illnesses. The product tested was not included in the previous recall issued January 23, but is similar to products bought by customers who later became sick in the Montevideo investigation. Products subject to the expanded recall may have been cross-contaminated with black pepper before packing. The company believes black pepper is a possible Salmonella source.

Further testing is ongoing at a state health partner laboratory, and may determine if the product contained the Salmonella Montevideo strain linked to the multi-state outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, state health and agriculture departments, and Daniele International are cooperating in this investigation. The products subject to recall include:

Packages of “DANIELE HOT SOPRESSATA CALABRESE,” produced on 11/7/09, 12/16/09 and 12/18/09.

Packages of “DANIELE SOPRESSATA CALABRESE,” produced on 12/16/09 and 12/18/09.

Packages of “BOAR’S HEAD BRAND HOT SOPRESSATA CALABRESE,” produced on 11/28/09, 12/9/09 and 12/14/09.

Each package bears a label with establishment number “EST. 54” inside the USDA mark of inspection and weighs three to 3.5 pounds. These products were distributed to retail establishments nationwide and a retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The CDC reported that as of 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 31, 2010, a total of 203 individuals infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 42 states and District of Columbia since July 1, 2009. Illnesses began between July 4, 2009 and January 11, 2010. Infected individuals range in age from less than one year to 93 years old; the median age is 37 years and 53 percent of patients are male. Among the 151 patients with available information, 40 (26 percent) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC noted that recalled products might still be in grocery stores and in consumers’ homes, including in the freezer. Recalled products should not be consumed. Consumers are advised to review the list of recalled products and labels for the initial recall dated January 23, 2010 at:

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants; the elderly; and persons with the HIV infection or undergoing 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.

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