WASHINGTON — Smithfield Packing Company, a Smithfield, Va., establishment, is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The following product is subject to recall:
• 1-lb. chubs of “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” with a use-by date of Mar. 12, 2013.
• Cases containing chubs of “Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” with a case code of 78533109741.
The recalled product bears the establishment number “Est. 221-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on Jan. 11, 2013, and were distributed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The problem was discovered after the company received two consumer complaints. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of these products should contact a health care provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Wendy Johnson, manager of Consumer Affairs, at 877-933-4625. Media with questions about the recall should contact Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, at 910-876-4776.