USDA New Release: George’s Prepared Foods Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork and Turkey Products for Salmonella Contamination
Class I recall on 6,444 pounds of pork and turkey patties due to possible Salmonella contamination
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a class I recall on October 18, 2019 for all ready-to-eat pork and turkey sausage patties distributed by Georges’ Prepared Foods between April 19, 2019 to April 27, 2019 and May 7, 2019 to May 9, 2019. Georges’s Prepared Food is a Caryville, Tenn. establishment.
The contamination was first discovered when George’s was notified by a third party laboratory that several tests had returned positive for Salmonella contamination. At this point, the third party cold storage company had already shipped these products out to nationwide retailers. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Services (USDA FSIS) promptly issued a class I recall when the contamination was discovered. The recall encompasses around 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and turkey sausage patty items. All concerned products bear an establishment number “EST. M2206T or P-2260T”. A PDF form of their labels can be viewed here.
Salmonella is a bacteria which causes Salmonellosis, on of the most common perpetrators of serious food poisoning. The CDC estimates that Salmonella alone causes nearly 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States per year. Symptoms of Salmonellosis include abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and sometimes fever. For most healthy individuals, the illness passes within 4 to 7 days without treatment. However, individuals such as young, old, or expectant with compromised immune systems are more at risk for serious illness.
Though there have been no reported illnesses due to this contamination, according to the FSIS, food safety experts like National Salmonella Lawsuit Lawyer Ron Simon encourage the public to head the recall as these products may still be stored in both retail and domestic freezers. If you or a loved one experience symptoms after consumption of one of these products, consult your healthcare provider immediately. For a complete list of the recalled items and further information about this outbreak and others, visit the USDA’s Recalls and Public Health Alerts page.