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News Release

Virginia Firm Recalls Pork Sausage Product That May Contain Foreign Materials

Class II Recall 017-2013
Health Risk: Low Feb 21, 2013

Congressional and Public Affairs
Adam Tarr
(202) 720-9113

 

 

 
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 - Smithfield Packing Company, a Smithfield, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]
  • 1-lb. chubs of &quotGwaltney mild pork sausage roll&quot with a use-by date of Mar. 12, 2013
  • Cases containing chubs of &quotGwaltney mild pork sausage roll&quot with a case code of 78533109741

The recalled product bears the establishment number &quotEst. 221-A&quot inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on Jan. 11, 2013, and were distributed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The problem was discovered after the company received two consumer complaints. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that 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 with questions about the recall should contact Wendy Johnson, Manager of Consumer Affairs, at (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall should contact Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, at (910) 876-4776.

Consumers with food safety questions can &quotAsk Karen,&quot the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. &quotAsk Karen&quot live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET 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: www.fsis.usda.gov
/FSIS_Recalls/Problems_With_Food_Products/index.asp
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Affected States

AL,DC,FL,GA,LA,ME,MD,NJ,NY,NC,PA,TX
USDA Recall Classifications
Class I 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.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Oct 21, 2013