AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention are alerting Maine consumers that a Rhode Island firm has recalled Italian sausage products because of possible salmonella contamination.
Daniele International Inc., with operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, R.I, is recalling approximately 1,263,754 pounds of ready-to-eat varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami-salame, because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The USDA confirmed that the products have been distributed to retailers in Maine.
The following brand names are included in the recall: Daniele, Dietz and Watson, Black Bear of the Black Forest and Boar’s Head. Each package bears a label with establishment number EST. 9992 or EST. 54 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Details, suppliers and product codes for the recall can be found at www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_006_2010_Release/index.asp and www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/RC_006_2010_Retail_List.pdf.
As of Feb. 2, there had been reports of 207 individuals in 42 states and the District of Columbia with a matching strain of salmonella since July 1, 2009. The Maine CDC has identified one case with the matching strain of salmonella. The case, from York County, was symptomatic the beginning of December 2009, and the victim has recovered.
Late last month, black pepper used to coat salami was identified as the possible cause of a salmonella outbreak that sickened people in 40 states, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Thursday.
Tests showed the same strain of salmonella that has sickened at least 189 people since July also was found in two open containers of pepper at Daniele International’s facility in Burrillville, R.I.