Ohio Meat Company Recalls 2,900 Pounds of Smoked Salami for Possible Bacteria Contamination

Ohio Meat Company Recalls 2,900 Pounds of Smoked Salami for Possible Bacteria Contamination
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February 17, 2015

An Ohio meat company is recalling about 2,900 pounds of smoked salami because it may be contaminated with harmful levels of bacteria.

Great Lakes Smoked Meats issued the recall after an internal records review found that the meats had reached an unsafe temperature during the cooling process. As a result, the meat may be contaminated with clostridium perfringens.

Clostridium perfringens is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly meats, meat products, and gravy. High amounts of this bacteria can produce emetic toxins.

Emetic toxins produced by clostridium perfringens bacteria are characterized by intense abdominal cramps and diarrhea which begin eight to 22 hours after consumption. The illness is usually over within 24 hours but less severe symptoms may persist in some individuals for one or two weeks.

The recalled products include 2-pound vacuum-packed sticks of Smokehouse Deli Karpatskaya Smoked Cooked Salami, which bear the establishment number '1029 SEOH' inside the Cooperative Interstate Shipment mark of inspection. 'Sell By' dates for the recalled products range from March. 16 to March. 19. The product was shipped to retail locations in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact company owner Ben Fligner at (440) 242-6328.