Public Health Alert issued for meat, poultry products

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON — A public health alert was issued on Oct. 30 by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by NY Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y., establishment. This public health alert is initiated based on evidence collected during an ongoing investigation being conducted by FSIS on this establishment.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses as result of consumption of these products.

Evidence shows the establishment has been producing products without federal inspection and distributing them into commerce, FSIS charges. Federal inspection services at NY Gourmet Salads Inc. were suspended in November 2009. FSIS said it should be noted the establishment previously conducted a recall of products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection on March 11, 2010.

Products subject to this alert include, but are not limited to:

  • 5-lb. tubs of “Chicken Salad” (This product was observed in commerce bearing the NY Gourmet Salads Inc. label.)
  • 5-lb. trays of “Meatballs & Sauce”
  • 5-lb. trays of “Meatballs”
  • 5-lb. trays of “Swedish Meatballs”
  • 5-lb. trays of “Sausage & Pepper”

These products were produced between March 11, 2010, and Oct. 29, 2010, and were distributed to retail establishments in New York. Labeling information on the above products is currently unknown, unless otherwise noted above. The products subject to this public health alert may or may not bear the NY Gourmet Salads Inc. label with the establishment number “P-34440” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

A retail distribution list(s) is available on the FSIS' Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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