SAN JOSE, CA — Federal authorities have issued a public health alert to warn Californians that a packaged sausage product may contain milk, but that the allergen is not declared on the food’s label.

The ready-to-eat pork sausage links should not be consumed by people who are allergic to dairy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

The following items are subject to the public health alert:

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  • Plastic vacuum-wrapped packages containing “Goulart’s Smoked Linguica Links (wine and smoke flavor added).”
  • Plastic vacuum-wrapped packages containing “Goulart’s Smoked Linguica Links Hot (wine and smoke flavor added).”

The problem was discovered during a routine inspection when federal authorities noticed the establishment adding nonfat dry milk to an ingredient in the linguica links. The product labels do not identify nonfat dry milk as an ingredient and do not declare milk as an allergen.

The smoked pork linguica was produced between Jan. 8, 2021, and Feb. 6, 2023. The products are labeled “est. 8262” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were sold in California. Goulart’s is based in San Jose.

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There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. People with dairy allergies who purchased the products are urged not to eat them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Anyone with questions about the public health alert can contact Goulart’s Sausage Co. at 408-279-8130. Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or live chat Ask USDA from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to [email protected]

To report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, visit the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System at

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