On Thursday, the Smithfield Packing Company issued a recall of approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage. The sausage that was recalled had already been distributed in 12 states. The states affected by the recall are: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
An official press release from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service stated that the pork sausage products had to be recalled because there is a possibility that they contain little pieces of plastic. Smithfield Packing Company has indicated that the plastic may have come off of gloves.
The Inquisitr reports that the Smithfield Packing Company pork products subject to the recall are:
“One pound chubs of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a use-by date of Mar. 12, 2013″
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“Cases containing chubs of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a case code of 78533109741″
All of the products were produced on January 11, 2013 and are printed with the establishment number “Est. 221-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Apparently the packing company became aware that there might be a problem with the sausages when it received complaints from two customers. An investigation of the products revealed that there was the possibility of plastic contamination. As of now, there have been no reported injuries stemming from problems with the recalled pork.
The US Department of Agriculture suggests that anyone who thinks they may have consumed one of the contaminated products and is concerned about an injury should contact a healthcare provider.
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Consumers with questions about the Smithfield Packing Company sausage recall may contact Wendy Johnson, Manager of Consumer Affairs, at (877) 933-4625.
Source: (The Inquisitr)