38,000 Pounds of Pork Sausage Recall Issued Due To Plastics Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Smithfield Packing Co, have announced a pork sausage recall involving 38,000 pounds of pork sausage due to foreign matter contamination.

According to the product recall notice, Smithfield Packing Co, based in Smithfield, VA has issued the pork sausage recall on its “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” because it may contain small pieces of plastics, which the company believes is from gloves. The contamination was discovered after two consumers filed complaints.

The Pork Sausage Recall Involves

The recalled Pork Sausage products are stamped with “EST 221-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced on January 11, 2013. The pork sausage chubs were distributed in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

The recalled products in question are:

  • 1-lbs chubs of “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” with a use by date of March 12, 2013
  • “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” cases of chubs, with the case code 78533109741

According to the FSIS, no injuries have been reported connected to the foreign matter contamination. FSIS has classified this recall as a Class II recall, with a low health risk. Class II recalls are considered a health hazard situation with a remote probability of adverse health consequences from use of the recalled product.

What To Do If You Have The Recalled Sausague

The product recall notice directs consumers who may have questions about the pork sausage to call Wendy Johnson, Manager of Consumer Affairs at (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall should contact Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, at (910) 876-4776.

Other Foreign Matter Contamination Recalls

This recall comes on the heels of two foreign matter contamination recalls announced by Advance Pierre Foods in Enid, Oklahoma who this month recalled 15,328 pounds of frozen, fully cooked country fried steak because of plastic pieces. Last month, the same company issued a recall of 1,200 pounds of chicken fried chicken breasts because of possible metal pieces contamination. Both of those recalls were Class I Recalls with a High Health Risk.

The country fried steak recall was initiated after two consumers suffered oral injuries while eating. (https://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_015_2013_Release/index.asp). The chicken breast recall was initiated when two consumers complained of metal contamination, which the company believes occurred when a hand tool fell into a grinder. (https://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_010_2013_Release/index.asp)

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