|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
WASHINGTON, September 12, 1997--Bavarian Meat Products, Inc., a Seattle, Wash., food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 400 pounds of fermented sausage because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
"Bavarian Meat Products CERVELAT" sausage was distributed to retail food stores mainly in the Western part of the state of Washington. A small amount of the product was also distributed to military commissaries in the state.
All packages of the product sold after September 1 are being recalled. "EST. 6431" 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 product after September 1 to return it to the place of purchase," said FSIS Administrator Thomas J. Billy.
USDA discovered the problem through its routine monitoring program for Salmonella in dry and semi-dry fermented sausage.
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.
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