It’s the top of the year and we already have a new food recall. This time, the United States Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 11,600 lbs of pork and chicken sausages over contamination risk. The agency warns that it is quite possible small bits of metal made its way into these sausage products and this, of course, could consumers at risk. They also advise these recalled sausage products would have been made on November 29, 2018.
Actually, R. L. Zeigler is the company affected by the recall, which includes 11,664 pounds of RTE Red Hot Chicken and pork sausage products, says the USDA’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). More specifically, the products listed are:
- 24-oz plastic packages of [approximately] 9 links of “ZEIGLER A TRADITION OF GREAT TASTE RED HOTS,” with use by date of January 24, 2019
- 24-oz plastic packages of [approximately] 9 links of “EXTRA HOT ZEIGLER A TRADITION OF GREATE TASTE RED HOTS” with use by date of January 24, 2019
- Both packages will have the “EST. P-9155S” establishment number inside the USDA mark of inspection
These sausage products would have been available for purchase from various retailers across the US. The USDA says this contamination alert actually came from two consumer complaints, which were filed on December 13 and December 27. At the time, R. L. Zeigler opened investigations on the complaints, eventually determining the problem to be the presence of “extraneous materials” and then notifying the FSIS.
Fortunately, no confirmed reports of dangerous reactions have been reported from anyone who may have consumed the products affected by the recall. Indeed, the USDA’s main concern that some of these products are already in the homes of consumers, even though stores usually pull recalled products quickly from store shelves.
Of course, the USDA statement also comments that anyone who may be in possession of these products should evaluate the package to verify their establishment number. Also, the FSIS advises if the sausage products were repackaged in a different container you should discard them or return them to the store whey they were purchased.