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Italian Sausage Products Recall Expanded due to Samonella Contamination


Washington, DC: February 16, 2010 – Daniele International Inc., an establishment with operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, RI, is expanding its January 23 recall to include approximately 115,000 pounds of salami/salame products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The expanded recall stems from a confirmed finding of Salmonella in an unopened salami product tested by FSIS, and by ingredient testing performed by the company.

Further testing is ongoing at a state health partner laboratory, and may determine if the product contained the Salmonella Montevideo strain associated with the multi-state outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, state health and agriculture departments, and Daniele International are cooperating in this investigation. The CDC has posted information about the multi-state outbreak on its website (http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella) but the investigation is ongoing and the root cause of the contamination has not yet been determined.

Additional products subject to recall include:

8-ounce packages of "DANIELE HOT SALAME PANINO WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA."
8-ounce packages of "BOAR'S HEAD SALAME PANINO, SALAME ROLLED IN MOZZARELLA CHEESE."
8-ounce packages of "DANIELE ITALIAN STYLE SALAME PANINO, HOT SALAME ROLLED IN MOZZARELLA CHEESE."
Random weight packages of "DANIELE ITALIAN STYLE SALAME PANINO, HOT SALAME ROLLED IN MOZZARELLA CHEESE."
8-ounce packages of "DIETZ & WATSON ARTISAN COLLECTION HOT SALAME PANINO, HOT SALAME ROLLED IN MOZZARELLA CHEESE."
8-ounce packages of "DANIELE SALAME PANINO WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA AND BASIL."
1-pound 8-ounce variety packages of "DANIELE CAPOCOLLO PANINO WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA AND BASIL; PRESIDENT'S PROSCIUTTO PANINO WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA AND BASIL; HOT SALAME PANINO WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA," with UPC Code 736436709582. NOTE: The products contained in this variety three-pack may be sold individually as well.

Each package bears a label with establishment number "EST. 459" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The above products are sold individually packed, except as noted above. The products subject to recall have sell-by dates ranging from February 3, 2010, through May 26, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

The January 23rd recall involved approximately 1,240,000 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami/salame, in commerce and potentially available to customers in retail locations because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Approximately 18 different products are affected by this recall. For a complete list of names and package sizes see the link below. Each package bears a label with establishment number "EST. 9992" or "EST. 54" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The establishment is recalling all the products listed above which are currently in commerce. These products were distributed to retail establishments nationwide, as well as internationally.

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.

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