Very high levels of sodium nitrite have been detected in samples of meat sent for analysis as part of investigations into the death of one person in Poland.

The National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy examined products provided by investigators.

They are suspected to be behind the death of a 54-year-old from Ukraine and the hospitalization of two other people, aged 67 and 72, with food poisoning symptoms.

Stanisław Winiarczyk, director of the veterinary institute in Puławy, told local station Radio Lublin that the concentration of sodium nitrite ranged from 16,000 to 19,000 milligrams per kilogram of product.

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Star Natural Meats LLC is recalling frozen Greek sausage because it was made with milk and soy ingredients that are not declared on the product labels, as required by federal law. The sausage also contains restricted ingredients that are not declared on the labels.

Both soy and milk are known allergens and therefore subject to mandatory label declarations. No confirmed illnesses or adverse reactions had been reported in connection with the 20,000 pounds of recalled pork sausage, according to a notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Government inspectors reported the restricted ingredients left off the
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Burger’s Ozark Country Cured in California, MO, is recalling 1,905 pounds of fully cooked turkey products because of misbranding, according to  the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

turkey_406x250The fully cooked turkeys were produced on Nov. 22, 2016, and packaged on Nov. 23, 2016, according to the Jan. 18 recall notice. Consumers can identify the recalled by looking for the following label information on the vacuum-sealed packaging:

  • “Harry & David Ready to Heat Fully Cooked Turkey without Giblets” with a case code of V20HD2MV and lot number 3276 or 3286.

The products subject to recall bear
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A Colorado company is recalling more than 4,500 pounds of “Wild Boar Brotwurst” products because of excessive levels of nitrites. recalled Wild Boar Brotwurst“The problem was discovered by FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) personnel during a routine label verification task,” according to the recall notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “FSIS discovered that the establishment’s formulation for the use of sodium nitrite, a restricted ingredient, exceeded the regulatory limit. … Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to
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Good Food Concepts of Colorado Springs, CO, is recalling approximately 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products that were produced during the past year without a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.

FSIS Recalls
FSIS Recalls
These products are also misbranded and contain sodium nitrite, which is not declared on the product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Oct. 18, 2015. The beef, pork, and poultry items were produced on various dates between Oct. 16, 2014, and October 16, 2015. The following products are subject to
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