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Chicken sausage sold in SLO County is recalled because of undeclared whey

Approximately 28,782 pounds of chicken sausage products produced by Gilroy-based Silva Sausage Co. and sold in San Luis Obispo County are being recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Products specifically subject to recall, according to a news release posted Friday by the USDA, include various package sizes of the Silva Sausage Smoked Chicken Apple Sausage. The USDA says the recall was issued "because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen."

Silva’s recalled products contain cultured whey — an undeclared allergen ingredient in the spice that is not listed on the label, according to the USDA.

The recall is characterized as a Class I, defined by the USDA as involving "a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death."

What's being recalled

  • Fourteen-ounce retail packages of Silva Sausage Smoked Chicken Apple Sausage, bearing the identifying case code "10136" and "use or freeze by" dates through Oct. 11, 2011. This product may have been sold fresh to consumers, according to the USDA.
  • Ten-pound cases containing two and five pound packages of Silva Sausage Smoked Chicken Apple Sausage, bearing the case codes "10185" and "10509."
  • Ten-pound cases containing two and five-pound packages of Silva Sausage Smoked Chicken Apple Sausage, bearing the identifying case code "10325" and bearing the "use or free by" dates through Oct. 8, 2011.

According to the USDA, each package bears the establishment number "P-6086" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The 14-ounce retail packages were produced between July 5, 2011 and Aug. 25, 2011 and were sold to retail establishments in the San Luis Obispo area.

The products contained in the 10-pound cases were produced between March 24, 2011 and Aug. 25, 2011, and were distributed to retail establishments and institutions in the Sacramento and San Luis Obispo areas.

A list of retail stores that might have sold the sausage wasn't available as of Monday afternoon.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Rick Martins at (408) 293-5437.

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