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Sausage Recalled Over Cross-Contamination Concern

An Illinois company is recalling approximately 3,200 pounds of raw and ready-to-eat sausage links and patties that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says were not handled in a manner to prevent cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat products.

In addition, the product label used by the company was not approved by FSIS.

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The sausages recalled by Chicago Boxed Beef Distributors Inc., of Shorewood, Ill., are considered adulterated, FSIS said in a news release Tuesday, because the company could not document that it took the necessary steps to produce safe products and ensure that they were produced under sanitary conditions.

The problem was discovered when a routine inspection conducted by FSIS in-plant personnel uncovered evidence to show that the establishment produced the products without a food safety plan (HACCP plan) in place for handling ready-to-eat products. 

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the sausages.

The recalled sausage links and cooked sausage patties are in 3.6-pound boxes with each box containing 2 unlabeled packages. Each box bears a label with establishment number “EST. 17126” inside the USDA mark of inspection and can be identified by the item code “9004.” The sausages being recalled were sold to a distributor for door-to-door sale in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina and and Texas. 

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s vice president, Daniel Barry at 815-729-4567. 

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