U.S – Daniele International LLC, an American maker of Italian-style foods, has issued a recall for more than 50,000 pounds of sausage that is often used to make charcuterie boards due to probable listeria contamination.

The meat was sold under the brand names Del EL Duca’s Sopressata, Coppa & Genoa Salami; Calabrese, Prosciutto & Coppa; and Salami, Uncured Pepperoni & Hard Salami as well as Fredricks by Meijer Spanish Style Charcuterie Sampler Tray, Boar’s Head Charcuterie Trio, Colameco’s Primo Naturale Genoa Uncured Salami, Colameco

“During recent testing, a possible source of listeria was identified in our conveyor machinery. Our Food Safety team took immediate action to fully sanitize our equipment and test the quality of our products,” Chris Bowler, CEO of Charcuterie Artisans says of the recall in a statement.

The meats in question were manufactured between May 23 and November 25, 2022, and between December 23, 2022, and January 17, 2022, they were distributed to retail outlets all around the country.

According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), they are also marked with “EST. 54” in the USDA mark of inspection.

“While we are confident our products were produced safely, and while we have not received any consumer complaints regarding this concern, we support the decision to issue a recall of potentially impacted products out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. 

“We remain committed to providing great food experiences for our charcuterie-loving customers living across the country,” added Bowler.

According to the FSIS, it learned of the issue “during routine inspection procedures where Listeria monocytogenes was identified on surfaces in which the product came into contact.”

There are “no documented cases of adverse effects due to ingestion of these products,” the statement continued, but anybody who believes they may be affected should consult a physician.

Listeriosis is a dangerous infection brought on by consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects older adults, those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, and their newborns. 

Additionally, it can cause “convulsions occasionally preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms as well as fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and other symptoms.”

According to the FSIS, a more severe bout can spread past the gastrointestinal tract.

It is also a concern for expectant mothers as it may result in “miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the baby”.

According to the organization, listeriosis can be more serious and “occasionally fatal” for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.

The FSIS advised those at increased risk to see their doctor right away if they get flu-like symptoms within two months of consuming the product.

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