lebanon-bologna.jpgThe CDC reports that at least 14 persons are infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli serotype O157:H7 have been reported from Maryland (3 cases), New Jersey (2 cases), North Carolina (1 case), Ohio (2 cases) and Pennsylvania (6 cases). Palmyra Bologna Company, of Palmyra, PA, is recalling approximately 23,000 pounds of Seltzer Brand Lebanon bologna products that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.  Here is the retail distribution list.

Lebanon bologna is a type of cured, smoked, fermented, semi-dry sausage. The thermal processing of Lebanon bologna typically does not exceed 120 °F (49 °C) due to undesirable quality effects high heat has on the final product. Because it is not cooked to a higher temperature, other ingredients and processes are used to control microbial growth. This time the process clearly failed.

It has also failed in the past. A quick search at www.outbreakdatabase.com reveals outbreaks and recalls in bologna, sausage and salami products.