Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. is recalling more than 185,000 pounds of pre-cooked, ready-to-eat bacon topping products possibly contaminated with pieces of metal.
The company, headquartered in Sioux Center, Iowa, issued the voluntary recall Friday after a customer complained about finding metal in one of its bacon topping products, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
To date, there have been no confirmed injury reports or adverse reactions from the products, the FSIS said. But the agency wants consumers to check refrigerators and freezers for the product.
“Based on our investigation, we believe a very small volume of the total product recalled is potentially affected,” Smithfield, the country’s largest pork processor, said in a statement to USA TODAY.
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Smithfield has notified retailers and has “taken corrective action to address a mechanical failure we believe to be the cause of this incident,” the company said.
The products were produced between Feb. 21and Feb. 23, 2022 and also March 3 to March 5, 2022.
The products were sold in stores in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, Smithfield said.
Products included in the recall:
- 5-lb. packages containing “Golden Crisp Patrick Cudahy Precooked Bacon Topping” SKU 43200 12002 with lot codes 2054, 2062 and 2063.
- 5-lb. packages containing “Smithfield Precooked Bacon Topping” SKU 43200 12003 with lot codes 2063 and 2064.
- 5-lb. packages containing “Golden Crisp Patrick Cudahy Fully Cooked Bacon Topping Applewood Smoked” SKU 43200 12296 with lot codes 2053 and 2062.
- 5-lb. packages containing “Smithfield Fully Cooked Bacon Topping” SKU 43200 12663 with lot code 2064.
- 5-lb. packages containing “Member’s Mark Fully Cooked Bacon Crumbles” SKU 78742240923 with “BEST IF USED BY” date of “2022-11-18.”
FSIS also expects “there to be additional products containing the bacon and urges consumers to check back frequently to view updated lists and labels.”
Consumers should not consume the products and should throw them away or return them to the store where they purchased them.
“While it represents only a miniscule percentage of the billions of pounds of products we produce annually, food safety is non-negotiable at Smithfield. We regret this incident and continue to strive for a perfect food safety track record,” the company said.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Smithfield’s consumer affairs hotline at 1-844-342-2596.
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