Monday, May 19, 2008

Pork Cracklings Seasoned With Salmonella

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has taken the unusual step of issuing a public health alert, advising consumers that fully cooked pork crackling products produced at Sofia Chicharones, Inc. of Miami, FL may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The cooked pork cracklings are packaged in 3-pound and 5-pound bags, identified with Est. 21055 inside the USDA seal and a "Packed Date" of 051208-1. The 1,100-pound batch of cooked cracklings was sold at the Sofia Chicharones retail outlet on May 12th.

FSIS uncovered the Salmonella contamination as a result of routine testing. No illnesses have been reported, and no unsold product remains.

The company apparently has not issued a recall, and FSIS is advising consumers to discard any uneaten product that matches this description.

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