Salmonella contamination from head cheese warns Missouri health dept.

Head cheese is a product made from meat pieces of the head of a calf or pig and combined with spices. It is usually eaten cold or at room temperature. Thorough cooking kills salmonella bacteria, but since head cheese isn’t cooked, the bacteria stays in the product.

That’s gross.

Missouri’s Scott County Health Department is asking people who may have purchased head cheese that originated in New Hamburg to discard it for fear it may be contaminated with salmonella.

According to a health department news release, a public health investigation has determined that there may be a risk of salmonella contamination associated with the consumption of head cheese produced and distributed at a private residence in mid-November in New Hamburg.

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