Magnet found in sausage mix sparks recall

Uncle John’s Pride producers a range of beef, pork and chicken smoked sausages

Florida-based Uncle John’s Pride has issued a recall for over 63 tonnes (t) of ready-to-eat smoked meat and chicken sausages after a magnet was found in a product mix. 

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed over 139,000 pounds of ready smoked sausages have been recalled due to possible foreign matter contamination.

The problem was discovered after a metal magnet was found in the beef trim source used for the processed sausages.

All items are believed to have been sent to foodservice providers and retail stores in the US states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

No health upsets reported

Produced on various dates between 8 March 2017 and 8 April 2017, the Uncle John’s Pride recall extends to 11 different products.

FSIS said there had been no confirmed reports of adverse reaction due to consumption of Uncle John’s Pride products.

Consumers who believe they have purchased the affected products have been urged not to eat them. Instead, the sausages should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase. The products subject to the recall can be identified by checking the establishment number which is inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Products subject to the recall bear the establishment number EST. 9179 or P-9179.

The recalled products
  • 10lb bulk boxes containing 26-28 pieces of ‘GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE, 9’. Case code: 0-54912-20040-9.
  • 10lb bulk boxes containing 36-40 pieces of ‘GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE, 7’. Case code: 0-54912-17020-7.
  • 10lb bulk boxes containing 26-30 pieces of ‘GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE, 9’. Case code: 0-54912-17050-4.
  • 1.75lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE’. Case code: 0-54912-20010-2.
  • 1.75lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND SMOKED HOT SAUSAGE’. Case code: 0-54912-20050-8.
  • 1.75lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND CHICKEN SMOKED SAUSAGE’. Case code 0-54912-15020-9.
  • 1.75lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED HOT SAUSAGE’. Case code 0-54912-20030-0.
  • 1.75lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND BEEF SAUSAGE’. Case code 0-54912-20020-1.
  • 3lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE’. Case code 0-54912-21010-1.
  • 5lb boxed packages of ‘GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE’. Case code 0-54912-18020-6.
  • 10lb bulk boxes of ‘EMA’S BEEF & CHICKEN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE’, Bulk. Case code 0-41085-01536-7.

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