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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced without Inspection
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Atiya Khan

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment.

This public health alert is initiated based on evidence collected during an ongoing investigation being conducted by FSIS on this establishment. The evidence showed that the establishment has been producing products without federal inspection and distributing them into commerce. Federal inspection services at N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc. were suspended in November 2009. It should be noted that the establishment previously conducted a recall of products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection on March 11, 2010. FSIS will continue to provide information as it becomes available, including information about any related recall activity.

Products subject to this alert include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • 5-pound tubs of "Chicken Salad" (This product was observed in commerce bearing the N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc. label.)
  • 5-pound trays of "Meatballs & Sauce"
  • 5-pound trays of "Meatballs"
  • 5-pound trays of "Swedish Meatballs"
  • 5-pound trays of "Sausage & Pepper"

The implicated products were produced between March 11, 2010, and October 29, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments in New York. Labeling information on the above products is currently unknown, unless otherwise noted above. The products subject to this public health alert may or may not bear the N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc. label with the establishment number "P-34440" inside the USDA mark of inspection. A retail distribution list(s) is available on the FSIS' website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses as result of consumption of these products. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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See Also: FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Inspection (Nov 3, 2010)
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USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Jun 04, 2013