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‘Temperature Abuse’ and Clostridium Fear Brings Salami Recall

From state inspected plant

About 2,863 pounds of smoked salami is being recalled by Great Lakes Smoked Meats in Lorain, OH, because the product may have experienced “temperature abuse” and may contain Clostridium perfringens.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the smoked salami, which was produced on Dec. 12, 2014, through Dec. 14, 2014.

The following product is subject to recall:

  • Approximately 2.25-2.3 lb. vacuum-packed sticks of “SMOKEHOUSE DELI KARPATSKAYA SMOKED COOKED SALAMI”

The salami subject to recall bears the establishment number “1029 SEOH” inside the Cooperative Interstate Shipment mark of inspection. This establishment is an Ohio state-inspected plant which participates in USDA’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

Under CIS, state-inspected plants can operate as federally inspected facilities, under specific conditions, and ship their product in interstate commerce and internationally.

“Sell By” dates for the recalled product range from Mar. 16, 2015, to Mar. 19, 2015. The product was shipped to retail locations in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered by the establishment during an internal records review which showed the product had reached an unsafe temperature during the cooling process.

Clostridium perfringens is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly meats, meat products, and gravy. Emetic toxins produced by Clostridium perfringens bacteria are characterized by intense abdominal cramps and diarrhea which begin 8-22 hours after consumption of foods containing large numbers of the Clostridium perfringens bacteria capable of producing the toxin.

The illness is usually over within 24 hours, but less severe symptoms may persist in some individuals for one or two weeks. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

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