Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

September 22, 2011

Michael Moran, 518-457-0752

Consumer Alert - Listeria monocytogenes in Bronx Store made Dry Sausage

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today alerted consumers that Mergimtari Meat & Grocery, located at 565 E. 187th Street, Bronx, NY, is recalling all packages of in-store made “Dry Sausage”, due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled in-store made “Dry Sausage” product was sold from the deli department and is not coded.  The product was sold at retail only from this store’s location at 565 E. 187th Street, Bronx, NY. 
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The contamination was discovered after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of Listeria monocyotgenes in samples of in store made “Dry Sausage” product.  Sale of the product has been suspended.
Consumers who have purchased store made “Dry Sausage” product, are urged to discard the product or return the product to the place of purchase.   Consumers with questions may contact the Fatos Derbish at 718-562-4234.

2011 Consumer Alerts