Italian Sausage Recalled in Salmonella ScareJan 24, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Daniele International Inc. of Rhode Island is recalling 1.24 million lbs of ready-to-eat Italian sausage products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with 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.
The recall is the result of an investigation of a Salmonella outbreak that began in July. So far it has sickened 184 people in 38 states, leading to at least 35 hospitalizations but no deaths. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), during the investigation of the outbreak, a sample of product found in commerce was tested on behalf of a participating state department of health and found to contain what appears to be a different strain of Salmonella. FSIS has a zero tolerance for in ready to eat products. While the strain of Salmonella – Montevideo – involved in the outbreak has not been found in any Daniele product, 11 people who recently ate “Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack” were infected.
According to the FSIS, all of the recalled products were made with black pepper, which Daniele believes may be the source of the Salmonella contamination.
A complete list of the sausage products involved in this recall can be found here.