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Hold the Salami: Lunch Meat Recall Expanded by FSIS

On February 16, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA announced it is expanding, for the second time, the salami recall originally announced January 23, 2010. The recall is being expanded due to a new positive test result for salmonella.

The company, Daniele International Inc., an establishment with operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, R.I., is expanding the recall due to discovery of salmonella in an unopened salami product tested by FSIS. These products were not included in the original recall as they are not sausage products that contain black pepper on their surface, nor were they packaged with those products. The black pepper was believed to be the source of the salmonella outbreak that sickened 230 people in at least 44 states according to Consumer Reports Safety Blog. Based on preliminary testing by the FSIS, the company believes that crushed red pepper may be a possible source of the salmonella contamination.

According to the announcement by the FSIS, the products under recall have sell-by dates ranging from February 3, 2010, through May 26, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide. Each individually packaged product bears a label with establishment number "EST. 459" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

For a complete list of the recalled products by Daniele International provided by the FSIS, click here.

The CDC has posted information about the multi-state outbreak on its website: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella. The FSIS will provide updates on its website as they become available and asks all consumers with these products in their homes to dispose of them right away.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company's Hotline at (888) 345-4160.

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