The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that Kenosha Beef International LTD is recalling as much as 89,235 pounds of its pork sausage patty products because of possible metal contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also classified the recall as a Class I. This means that affected products pose a serious health hazard and consumption of them can possibly lead to death.
The extraneous material contamination was discovered after receiving some customer complaints that small metal fragments were found inside some Johnsonville Grillers sausage patties. Johnsonville has said that only the Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor sausage patties are affected by the recall. These include the 24-oz. cartons and 13.5-pound cases that were produced last May 13, 2015.
To know if your Johnsonville Grillers sausage patties are part of the recall, just check the establishment number and “Best Flavor By” date on the package. The affected Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor sausage patties have the establishment number “EST. 425B.” Meanwhile, they are also marked with a “Best Flavor By” date of 12/29/15. On the other hand, the same number and date also appear in the heat-sealed plastic bag that contains the patties. Johnsonville says customers can look for the code 425B BFB122915 instead if they had already discarded the carton.
The affected sausage patty products were shipped to several retail locations throughout Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin. So far, there have been no reports of oral injury or other illnesses in relation with the metal contamination in the affected sausage patties.
Johnsonville says that upon returning the affected sausage patties, customers can get a full refund from the retailer. Should a customer have one or more cartons of the affected patties, customers can also choose to coordinate with Johnsonville’s Consumer Affairs who will send out a self-addressed envelope. Upon receipt of the affected products, Johnsonville will then issue the customer coupons or a check for the full retail value of $6.99.