Sausage lovers, take note. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Bob Evans Farms is recalling over 42,000 pounds of pork sausage products for fear of containing “clear hard plastic.” Original reports stated that the number exceeded 46,000 pounds of Bob Evans sausage, but the FSIS website now approximates the number to be 42,246 pounds.
A FSIS spokesperson tells Metro, “the initial recall went out on September 13 with a miscalculation in the total amount of product that was being recalled. FSIS caught the mistake and updated the recall to reflect the correct amount of poundage being recalled.” The updated number is in fact 42,246 pounds.
According to FSIS, Bob Evans Farms received “consumer complaints of extraneous material in the pork sausage products.”
The five products affected by the Bob Evans sausage recall were shipped to grocery stores in the following states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. They were produced on August 1 and have the establishment number “EST. 6785.”
FSIS notes: “some product may be frozen and in consumers’ 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.”
There have been no confirmed “adverse reactions.”
Despite the fact that there have been no reported injuries, FSIS urges consumers to throw away the following affected Bob Evans sausage products:
12-oz overwrap trays labeled “Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links.” Use by date: Oct. 16, 2018 or Oct. 19, 2018.
12-oz overwrap trays labeled “Bob Evans Brown Sugar & Honey.” Use by date: Sept. 24, 2018 or Sept. 29, 2018.
12-oz overwrap trays labeled “Fresh From Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links.” Use by date: Sept. 06, 2018.
12-oz overwrap trays labeled “Giant Eagle Maple Pork Breakfast Sausage Links Caramel Color Added.” Use by date: Sept. 10, 2018.
12-oz overwrap trays labeled “Schnucks Maple Recipe Breakfast Sausage.”
These products all have lot codes of 8213. For PDFs of their labels, click here.
FSIS calls this a class II recall, meaning there is a “remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.” The health risk for this recall is considered low.
Bob Evans sausage recall statement
“We want consumers to be able to trust that the food they eat is safe, especially when it has the Bob Evans name on it. That is why we take every consumer complaint very seriously,” Steve Bacon, vice president of food safety and quality for the Ohio-based company, said in a statement sent to Fortune.
“As soon as we received the three complaints about potential small plastic pieces in our Maple Sausage, we moved quickly to launch a thorough internal investigation and isolated the products to a single manufacturing run made on one day, August 1, 2018, at our Xenia, Ohio, plant,” he continued. “As a precaution, we issued a voluntary recall of our Maple Sausage Links and Brown Sugar & Honey Sausage Links products. We are confident that no other products were affected and there have been no injuries reported.”
Anyone with questions or concerns should call Bob Evans Farms at (800) 939-2338. FSIS says that consumers concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.