The owner of Tank’s Meats in Elmore said he wanted to be pro-active in issuing a voluntary recall of a dried sausage product that may be contaminated with bacillus cereus.
Kurt Amstutz said landjaegers produced on or before Jan. 9 and sold to retail outlets are being recalled as a precautionary measure.
“We wanted to get all the product off the shelves that we could or out of the places we could immediately and then address the issue,” he said. “In hindsight it seems like a lot for one confirmed case but better to be safe than sorry.”
The label on each bag is marked with “Est. 76” in the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspection symbol.
The agriculture department collected samples after being notified by the Ottawa County Health Department of five persons becoming ill on Dec. 1, 2, 3 and 19 possibly from the landjaegers. Only one tested positive for bacillus cereus.
The department described the recall as “precautionary” and there hasn’t been a conclusive link between the illnesses and the Tank’s product.
Amstutz said the recall will cover product made up to two years ago.
“We sold some to seasonal stores out near the lake and some of those places shut down over the winter,” he said. “Those people buy stuff in the fall and put it in their freezers. If they end up carrying the product from fall to May, that’s seven or eight months. If a consumer were to buy the product, how long has some of it been out there?”
Bacillus cereus can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps within 6-15 hours of eating the contaminated product. Most recover within 24 hours.