Oregon Company Issues Sausage Recall Over Potential Allergen Concerns

An Oregon food company has announced, this week, a recall of roughly 200 pounds of pork sausage over concerns it may contain pistachios.  Pistachios are a type of tree nut, to which many consumers might have an allergy, and the issue is that there is no declaration of the potential allergen on the label; something that is required by federal law. 

The company who issued the recall is Olympia Meats, which is located in Portland, OR. They have revealed that the potentially problematic product could have been shipped to various retail locations across the West Coast region (mainly Washington, Oregon, and California), as described in the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recall notice. 

The recall notice describes, “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Fortunately, this recall is very small:  again, only related to about 200 pounds of pork sausage. Specifically, the ready-to-eat pork sausage product carries a label that says “Mortadella Classica”. However, the recall says, the product may contain Mortadella Pistachio sausage.  Also, the labels are likely to have a production date of July 29.  The label also contains the words “Olympia Provisions Mortadella Classica with Garlic and Spices” with a best by date of December 30, 2019.  The company also advises the product label should have the establishment number “Est 39928” printed within the USDA mark of inspection. 

The FSIS recall notice goes on to say, “The problem was discovered after the firm received a compliant from a retail customer.  There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Fortunately, the recall comes as the result of a single customer complaint and no adverse reactions to the product have been reported.  Again, the FSIS (and the company) advise some of these products may have already been purchased but should not be consumed; they should be returned. Questions and concerns should be directed to Alexis Heimlich, of Olympia Provisions, who can be reached at 503.894.8275, or [email protected]

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