A US pork product recall expands for third time as the number of illnesses due to Salmonella outbreaks continue to grow.
Rhode Island-based Daniele International is expanding recall from late January to include an additional 52 metric tonnes of salami products that may be contaminated with Salmonella enterica, serotype Montevideo, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Initially, Daniele International had recalled metric tonnes of salami. Early February, the company recalled another 11 tonnes.
The recall is expanded as a result of a confirmed finding of S. Montevideo in an unopened salami product tested by FSIS and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and by the company’s ingredient testing.
These products were not subject to recall previously because they are not sausage products that contain black pepper on the external surface, or packaged with such products. Black pepper had been identified earlier as the source of contamination.
Based on preliminary testing results, the company believes that crushed red pepper may be a possible source of salmonella contamination.
The outbreaks are subject of continuous research. CDC also found traces of Salmonella enterica, serotype Senftenberg, in food samples from retail and a patient household during this outbreak investigation.