The US Department of Agriculture has issued this product recall notice.
The Palmyra Bologna Company has additional information at its Website; “PALMYRA, PA (March 22, 2011) — “Palmyra Bologna Company today announced a voluntary recall of a limited amount of deli-sliced and packaged Seltzer’s Regular Beef Lebanon Bologna produced in December 2010.
“While most of the product being recalled has been consumed weeks or months ago and is likely no longer in retail stores, the decision to recall the bologna was made out of an abundance of caution after consulting with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 – “Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc., a Palmyra, Penn., establishment, is recalling approximately 23,000 pounds of Lebanon bologna products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Lebanon bologna is a fermented, semi-dry sausage. This beef product has an appearance similar to salami.
“FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on March 10, 2011. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, 4 case-patients in N.J., N.C., and Pa. have been identified with illness onset dates between Jan. 28, 2011 and Feb. 12, 2011. As a result of the epidemiologic investigation, FSIS determined that there is a link between the Lebanon bologna products and the illnesses in these states. FSIS is continuing to work with the CDC, affected state public health partners, and the company on the investigation. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a health care provider.”
The report identifies this as a Class I health hazard; “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”