Published On: Fri, Jan 25th, 2013

Hog head cheese linked to Salmonella Uganda cluster in Louisiana recalled

Richard's Hog Head CheeseImage/FSIS

Richard’s Hog Head Cheese

Houston, Texas company, Stallings Head Cheese Co., Inc., announced the recall yesterday of  4,700 pounds of hog head cheese that may be tainted with Salmonella, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) news release Jan. 24.

The affected product is 10-oz. packages of “Richard’s Hog Head Cheese” bearing establishment number “EST. 2257” inside the USDA mark of inspection and sell by dates “Use by 2 1 2013” or “Use by 3 20 2013″on each package.

The above pig product has been linked to a recent Salmonella Uganda cluster involving six case-patients from Louisiana, according to the agency.

Hog head cheese is a gelatinous mixture of meat from a hog’s head popular in Cajun cuisine.

The products subject to recall were produced on November 1, 2012, and December 19, 2012. The products were shipped to a distribution center for retail distribution in Louisiana and Southeastern Texas.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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