Catawissa, PA-based Bunge’s Meats recalled an undetermined amount of pork sausage products on Thursday that were produced with water that did not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) drinking water standards, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The various pork sausage items were produced between Feb. 24 and Sept. 15, 2016. Products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 21603” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in Pennsylvania. The problem was discovered on Sept. 15 while an Enforcement, Investigations, and Analysis Officer (EIAO) was reviewing records during a Food Safety Assessment (FSA). The EIAO observed that results from the establishment’s third-party testing laboratory indicated that water samples collected at the establishment on Feb. 24 and Sept. 9 were positive for Coliform bacteria. The water is used in the formulation of the pork sausage products. There has not yet been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
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