Over 42,000 Pounds of Johnsonville Sausage Recalled Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

The affected sausage was shipped to retailers across eight states.

It might be time to hold off on any go-to sausage recipes thanks to the latest food recall. On June 15, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced a recall of over 42,000 pounds of Johnsonville sausage. The sausage was potentially contaminated by “extraneous materials.” Before you dig into any Johnsonville sausage products, this is what you need to know.

What Sausage Products Have Been Recalled?

Johnsonville Beddar With Cheddar Smoked Sausage Label Courtesy Food Safety and Inspection Service/USDA Courtesy Food Safety and Inspection Service/USDA

Johnsonville is recalling their ready-to-eat “Beddar with Cheddar” pork sausage. The sausage comes in 14 oz. vacuum-packed packages of “Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage links Made With 100% Premium Pork.”

According to a press release, the recall has been designated as a Class 2 level recall. This means that consumption of the “product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences,” according to the FDA.

What Caused the Recall?

According to the FSIS, a customer found “thin strands of black plastic fibers,” in a package of sausage. Luckily, there have been no reports of any reactions (including injuries or illnesses) to anyone consuming the product.

How Do I Know If I Have a Recalled Sausage?

The product will have an establishment number of “EST. 34224,” within the USDA mark of inspection. A product’s establishment number can be found on the lower right, front corner of the product.

Additionally, sausage produced on Jan. 26, 2023, will have a best-by date of July 11, 2023, and a C35 code date printed on the back. Furthermore, the product was shipped to retailers throughout eight states—Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.

What Should I Do If I Have a Recalled Product?

If consumers discover they have a recalled package, the FSIS urges customers not to eat them and to either dispose of it or return it for a refund. Consumers can also contact Johnsonville’s Consumers Affairs team by text or call at 1-888-556-2728, or complete a form via the “Contact Us” section of Johnsonville’s website.

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