Recalls Issued Due to Rubber, Wood in Meat Products

Label issued with Johnsonville, LLC Recall, January 2019. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Label issued with Johnsonville, LLC Recall, January 2019. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Recalls issued in the last few days cover chicken and pork processed foods contaminated, likely during the manufacturing process. Chicken nuggets potentially contaminated with wood, and pork sausage contaminated with rubber, resulted in the recall of approximately 116,615 pounds of food.

Both recalls are “Class 1” recalls, which the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) defines as:

“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.”

Contact information is included with recalls below.

Customers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (toll-free) number is 1-888-MPHotline (1.888.674.6854), available in English and Spanish, and may be reached Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm (Eastern Time).  The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Recall details follow.

 

Johnsonville, LLC Recalls Raw Ground Frozen Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Flavored Pork Patty Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Johnsonville, LLC (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin) issued a recall for approximately 48,371 pounds of raw ground pork patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically black rubber. The recall was announced by the USDA FSIS on January 18, 2019.

The raw ground frozen pork patties were produced and packaged on Sept. 27, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018 and Oct. 18, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 7/24/2019” represented on the label.
  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 8/13/2019” represented on the label.
  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 8/14/2019” represented on the label.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “34225” printed on the carton end under the “Best Flavor By” date. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the firm received three customer complaints regarding black rubber in the product.  FSIS was notified on January 17, 2019.

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.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in customers’ freezers. 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.

Customers with questions about this recall, contact Johnsonville Consumer Relations, at 888.556.2728.

 

Perdue Foods LLC Recalls Simplysmart Organics Gluten Free Chicken Nugget Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Perdue Foods, LLC (Perry, Georgia) issued a recall for approximately 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on January 17, 2019.

The ready-to-eat chicken nugget items were produced on October 25, 2018. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 22-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “PERDUE SimplySmart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: Date 10/25/19” and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” represented on the label.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “P-33944” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints that wood was found in the product. A complaint was also reported to FSIS’ consumer complaint monitoring system. FSIS was notified by the firm on January 17, 2019.

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.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in customers’ freezers 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.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Perdue Consumer Care at 877.727.3447.

 

Ed. Note: What a waste of food.

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