The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that Lee Bros. Foodservice Inc. which is a San Jose, Calfornia establishment is recalling 740 pounds of dried sausage due to concerns that the product may have been contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin. The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall High Health Risk.
According to the FSIS the products subject to recall are the following:
- 16 oz packages of Lee’s Sandwiches brand Pork Sausages produced on 2/11/13 with an identifying code “042P” printed on the back of the package
- 16 oz packages of Lee’s Sandwiches brand Pork and Chicken Sausages produced on 2/12/13 with an identifying code of “043PC” printed on the back of the package
The dried sausage products were sold via phone order and at the wholesale retail level in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas. Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 11041” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.
The USDA says that the problem was discovered during food safety assessment. An FSIS inspector was reviewing processing records and found that water level within the product could have been sufficeintly high enough to allow for production of Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin.
Thus far the FSIS hasn't received any reports about illnesses associated with eating the contaminated dried sausage products. The agency advises that anyone concerned about illness should get in touch with a health care professional.
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USDA FSIS News Release http://1.usa.gov/1l7j8np
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