WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2002—Jimmy Dean Foods
Inc., a Newbern, Tenn., establishment, is voluntarily recalling
approximately 3,600 pounds of frozen pork sausage products because they
contain undeclared monosodium glutamate (MSG), the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
MSG is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods prepared at
home, in restaurants, and by food processors. Some persons who have eaten
foods containing MSG have reported adverse reactions.
The products being recalled are 12 lb. bulk cases of "Jimmy
Dean Maple Flavored PORK SAUSAGE LINKS." The cases each bear a
production code "3139-1," "3209-1,"
"3289-1," or "1120-2," as well as the establishment
code "EST. 8080" located inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The products were produced on Dec. 13, 2001, Dec. 20, 2001, Dec. 28,
2001, and Jan. 12, 2002, and distributed to food service establishments in
North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina, New York, Georgia and
"FSIS wants consumers to be aware of the recall," said
Margaret O’K. Glavin, FSIS acting administrator. "Diners who have
concerns about MSG may wish to ask if their meals contain the recalled
The problem was discovered and reported to FSIS by Jimmy Dean Foods.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Julie Ketay, director
of media relations, at (312) 558-8727. Customers with questions about the
recall may contact Patty Welsh, customer relations, at (901) 758-6662.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from l0
a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food
safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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