Sausage Recalled: 38,000 Pounds May Contain Plastic

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”

The sausage products recalled are printed with the establishment number “Est. 221-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. All of the products were produced on January 11, 2013 and were distributed in the following states:

“Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.”

According to the news release, the Smithfield Packing Company received complaints from two consumers leading to the discovery of possible plastic contamination. At this time, there have been no injuries reported in conjunction with the products affected by the recall.

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.