Salami recall increased due to salmonella risk

CHICAGO Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:00am EST

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Rhode Island meat company is recalling an additional 115,000 lbs of salami and salami products that may be contaminated with salmonella, the USDA said in a statement.

In January, Daniele International Inc of Mapleville, R.I., recalled more than 1.26 million lbs of sausage and salami products following an investigation of a multistate outbreak of salmonella illnesses.

It is believed that pepper on the meat may be the source of the contamination. On Wednesday, the company said it had terminated its relationship with the pepper supplier in late January.

The latest recall was initiated due to finding salmonella in an unopened salami product tested by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and by the company. The products in the latest recall were distributed nationwide, have "Est 459" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and have sell-by dates from February 3, 2010 to May 26, 2010.

Further testing will be done to determine if the latest salmonella strain is the same as the one that caused the illnesses.

(Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer)

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