April 20, 2005
A Los Angeles County meat processing factory has voluntarily recalled 40 pounds of sausage products that could contain toxic bacteria.
Federal officials said Don Pedro’s Meat of La Puente recalled packages of cooked pork blood sausage produced April 8 because they may contain the Listeria bacteria. The products were distributed to stores through Los Angeles.
The bacteria was discovered through routine USDA inspections at the meat processing plant. The agency said it has received no reports of illnesses.
The bacteria can cause listeriosis, a rare but potentially fatal disease. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Those with weak immune systems including infants, the elderly and persons with chronic disease are particularly vulnerable.