June 12, 2015

Consumer Alert: Listeria Monocytogenes in “Smoked Andouille Sausage”

Consumer Alert: Listeria Monocytogenes in “Smoked Andouille Sausage”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers that Shirks Meats, 4342 John Green Road, Dundee, New York 14837, is recalling “Smoked Andouille Sausage” due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism commonly found in nature which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. It may also cause serious complications for pregnant women, such as stillbirth.  Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals.

The recalled in-store packed “Smoked Andouille Sausage” comes in clear plastic package with a date of 6-5-15 on it.  Package sizes varied from 9-12 ounces.  The “Smoked Andouille Sausage” was sold only from the retail location at 4342 John Green Road.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel found Listeria monocytogenes present in the product.

Consumers who have purchased the “Smoked Andouille Sausage” should not consume it, but should discard the product or return it to Shirks Meats.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 607-243-5581.