Plastic bits in sausage leads to massive recall

Posted at 6:31 AM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 06:31:36-05


By Melissa Gray, CNN

(CNN) — Packaged meat company Smithfield Packing Company is recalling some 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The sausages were sold in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

The recalled products are 1-pound packages of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a use-by date of March 12, 2013. Cases containing those sausages with a case code of 78533109741 are also being recalled.

They bear the establishment number Est. 221-A inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection.

The company discovered the problem after two consumer complaints, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said. There have been no reports of injuries.

The products were distributed in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

CNN’s Greg Morrison contributed to this report.