Stallings Head Cheese Co., Inc., of Houston is recalling 4,700 pounds of hog head cheese that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
Hog head cheese? You betcha. Hog head cheese is a gelatinous mixture of meat from a hog's head. It's popular in Cajun cuisine. Hey, don't make fun. People in California eat salad and I don't understand that either.
Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, and result in diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and in some people the diarrhea can be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
How to know if you got it? The recall is for 10-oz. packages of "Richard's Hog Head Cheese" bearing establishment number "EST. 2257" inside the USDA mark of inspection and sell by dates "Use by 2 1 2013" or "Use by 3 20 2013"on each package.