Piller's Fine Foods recalling ready-to-eat salami, speck products

Products may be adulterated with salmonella, USDA's FSIS says


WASHINGTON – Piller's Fine Foods is recalling about 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products that may be adulterated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Officials said the ready-to-eat speck prosciutto and salami items were produced on Sept. 22 and Oct. 12, 2017, respectively.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • Vacuum-sealed random weight plastic packages containing "Black Kassel Piller's Dry Aged D'Amour Salami" with best-before date of May 12, 2018.
  • Vacuum-sealed random weight plastic packages containing "Black Kassel Piller's Dry Aged Speck Smoked Prosciutto" with best-before date of May 12, 2018.

Officials said the items were produced in Canada, and were shipped to distribution centers in California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Piller's Fine Foods is a Waterloo, Canada, establishment.

The problem was discovered when a Food Safety and Inspection Service sample of the ready-to-eat salami product was confirmed positive for salmonella, officials said. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.

"Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days," USDA FSIS officials said in the release about the recall. "Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider."

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers, officials said.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Officials said the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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