Daniele expands recall

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — For a second time Rhode Island-based Daniele International, Inc. has expanded its recall of Italian-style dry sausage products. The latest recall expansion occurs as the Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo that has sickened 230 in at least 44 states.

The recall now includes an additional 115,000 lbs of sausage that may be contaminated. The recall expansion was initiated after a confirmed finding of Salmonella in an unopened sausage product tested by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and by ingredient testing performed by the company. The product was sampled during the course of the ongoing investigation.

The 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. Based on preliminary testing results, the company believes that crushed red pepper may be a possible source of Salmonella contamination.

The F.D.A. said it is continuing to investigate the possibility that pepper might be responsible for the outbreak and has not yet reached any conclusion. In an abundance of caution, both of Daniele International’s immediate suppliers of pepper temporarily have placed the remaining supply of black pepper in potentially affected lots on hold while the F.D.A. continues the investigation.

Since Jan. 23, Daniele International has recalled more than 1 million lbs of sausage.

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