Sausage Recalled: 38,000 Pounds May Contain Plastic

Theresa Hurst

Thousands of pounds of pork sausage have been recalled by the Smithfield Packing Company.

On Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the Smithfield Packing Company has issued a recall of approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage. The products affected in the recall were distributed in 12 states.

According to the official press release, the pork sausage products have been recalled because they may contain small pieces of plastic. The company has indicated that the plastic may be from gloves.

The Smithfield Packing Company pork products subject to the recall include the following:

"One pound chubs of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a use-by date of Mar. 12, 2013"
"Cases containing chubs of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a case code of 78533109741"
"Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas."

The US Department of Agriculture suggests that consumers who may be concerned about an injury from consumption of the sausage products should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers with questions about the Smithfield Packing Company sausage recall may contact Wendy Johnson, Manager of Consumer Affairs, at (877) 933-4625.