Sausage Recall: 47,000 Pounds of Bob Evans Sausage Links Have Been Recalled
According to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Sept. 13, Bob Evans Farm, Inc. is recalling about 46,734 pounds of pork sausage links. The announcement states that the sausage products may be contaminated with pieces of clear hard plastic.
Three customers made complaints of finding the hard plastic in their food before Bob Evans officially recalled the pounds of pork sausage. This massive recall applied to sausages produced on Aug. 1, 2018. The FSIS recommended that the following five 12-ounce pork products with the following labels be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase:
- Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links
- Brown Sugar and Honey
- Fresh From Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links
- Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added
- Schnucks Maple Recipe Breakfast Sausage
According to the Ohio-based company, the sausages were transported to locations in Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. The FSIS categorized the recall as a class two. This categorization means that there is a present health hazard situation that has a remote probability of negative health consequences from using the product.
Steven Bacon, the Vice President of Food Safety and Quality at Bob Evans, said that the company takes these types of complaints very seriously. After the initial three customers reported contamination in their Maple Sausage Links, the company pursued a comprehensive internal investigation. They also isolated the product runs at that time.
"We are confident that no other products were affected and there have been no injuries reported," said Bacon.
There were no reports of adverse reactions to the contamination, and in that sense, the company has caught a lucky break. One in six Americans gets sick from consuming contaminated food or beverages each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This widespread recall at Bob Evans over foreign objects entering the food comes shortly after Wayne Farms recalled pounds of cooked chicken numbering in the hundreds of thousands. One customer found a piece of metal in a piece of chicken on July 27, and the company subsequently recalled 438,960 pounds of chicken ranging from diced white meat, diced chicken, and grill-marked white chicken strips.
While the average person in the U.S. consumes around 23 pounds of ice cream per year, meat is widely considered an American staple -- The average American eats roughly 193 pounds of beef, pork and/or chicken each year. That's a lot of meat, so take care to watch what you eat!
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