38,000 Pounds of Sausage Recalled Over Plastic Contamination

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 22, 2013 Last Updated: February 22, 2013
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A Virginia-based packing company is recalling around 38,000 pounds of pork sausage after consumers complained they found small pieces of plastic in the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week.

The USDA said the source of the plastic in the sausage likely was from gloves. There were two consumer complaints.

The Smithfield Packing Company is recalling one-pound chubs of “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll,” which has a use-by date of March 12, 2013, and cases containing the chubs with a case code of 78533109741, the agency said. The product bears the number “Est. 221-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced on Jan. 11, 2013, and were sent to Alabama, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The USDA and the company both said they received no complaints of any injuries from the recalled products. But anyone concerned about an injury should talk to a health care provider or call 877-933-4625.

The recall comes after numerous products were recalled across Europe due to a contamination of horsemeat. However, a similar scandal will likely not occur in the United States, as the country does not slaughter horses nor imports horsemeat.

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