December 7, 2022

Two major meat recalls could affect locals

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued two major meat recalls effective immediately. Johnsonville’s Ready-To-Eat Jalapeño Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links and several Perdue ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled for similar reasons, according to the Monday release from the USDA.

Johnsonville, LLC., a Sheboygan Falls, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 95,393 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically hard green plastic, the U.S.

Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage items were produced and packaged on March 12 and 13, 2019. 14-oz. film, vacuum packages containing “Johnsonville JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage” with a “Best By 06/09/2019” date on the back of the package. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide and internationally. The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint regarding green hard plastic in the product.

The other massive meat recall involves Perdue ready-to-eat chicken products. According to the release, the fully cooked chicken products were produced on March 21, 2019. 11.2 oz. plastic trays containing, Perdue Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS – GLUTEN FREE” with a “USE BY MAY 20 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-001437 on the label; 2 oz. Plastic trays containing PERDUE Simply Smart “ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS – WHOLE GRAIN” with a “USE BY MAY 20 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-001642 on the label; 12 oz. Plastic trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS – WHOLE GRAIN” with a “USE BY MAY 20, 2019” and UPC bar code of 072745-002656 on the label; 10-lb. Bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” with Case Code 22143 on the label; and 10-lb. Bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Chicken Breast Strips Strip Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” with Case Code 77265 on the label. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. The problem was discovered after FSIS and the company received consumer complaints that there were bones in the chicken.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The primary concern is that some packages of the product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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