Released by Jeremy J. Emmert, fsis.usda.gov
House of Smoke, Inc., a Ft. Lupton, Colorado, establishment, is recalling approximately 4,692 pounds of Wild Boar Brotwurst products due to nitrite levels in excess of the regulatory limit, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on July 22, 2016.
The Smoked Wild Boar Brotwurst items were produced and packed on various dates from April 27, 2015 to July 12, 2016. The products with the following lot numbers are subject to recall: 517240, 515160, 517160, 518070, 514080, 511380, 518090, 517001, 513211, 512221, 614110, 616210, 614050, 618150, 616060, 613160, 617070, and 612170.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 6273” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
This is a USDA Class II recall, which means “This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.”
The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a routine label verification task. FSIS discovered that the establishment’s formulation for the use of sodium nitrite, a restricted ingredient, exceeded the regulatory limit.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact James Barsness, President at 303.857.2750.
Consumers 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 toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10am to 4pm (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.
Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
Ed. Note: According to the USDA, sodium nitrite may be used as a food additive “alone or in conjunction with sodium nitrate as a color fixative in cured meat and poultry products (bologna, hot dogs, bacon). Helps prevent growth of Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism in humans.” It is a food additive that is exempt from the USDA approval process, and part of a group of additives known as “substances with prior sanction” — approved by USDA and FDA for use in foods prior to the passage of the 1958 Food Additives Amendment.