|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
WASHINGTON, April 30, 1996--Snowden's Sausage Co., an Andalusia, Ala., food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 pounds of smoked sausage because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
"Snowden's Malena Brand Smoked Sausage" was distributed to retail food stores in Alabama and Georgia.
All 1-lb (16-oz.) packages of the smoked sausage are being recalled. "EST. 15504" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label. No other product is affected by the recall.
"We urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of purchase," said Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety Michael R. Taylor.
USDA discovered the problem through its routine monitoring program for Salmonella.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a potentially serious disease. In general, healthy people rarely contract salmonellosis; most susceptible are pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems--infants, the elderly, and the chronically ill.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and in some cases flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and headache.
Consumers with questions about the recall may 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. This number also provides access to a telecommunications device for deaf and hearing-impaired consumers.
For Further Information, Contact:
Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 (voice); 1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
Media: (202) 720-9113
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