Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic

Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA

Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The fully cooked pork sausage items were produced on January 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage” with Best By date 04/04/2018 and Batch ID 1001124486 or 1001124487.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received three customer complaints for pieces of hard, green plastic identified in the sausage product.

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

Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

With questions about the recall, call or text Johnsonville Consumer Relations at 1.888.556.2728. The company is based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Their website is

This is a USDA Class 1 recall: “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Customers with food safety questions may “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm (ET).


Source: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Ed. Note: This is a large food recall, with over 100,000 lbs of human food wasted due to an unexplained issue in food manufacturing. Emphasis added to recall details by the editor.

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