As if an erupting volcano is not enough, Hawaii must suppress its well-known appetite for spam due to a mammoth recall.
Hormel Food Corp., based in Fremont, NE. announced on Saturday the recall of approximately 228,614 pound cans of pork and chicken products that may be contaminated with pieces of metal.
The canned pork and chicken products were produced on February 8 through February 10, 2018. The recalled products are:
- 12-oz. Metal cans containing "SPAM Classic" with a "Best By" date of February 2021: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These products have been shipped throughout the United States.
- 12 oz. Metal cans containing "Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf" with a "Best By" color date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were only shipped to Guam.
The recalled products carry the company number "EST.199N" on the bottom of the box. These items were shipped in the United States and Guam. Spam was one of the major sources of protein in the Pacific during World War II and remains a favorite in Hawaii.
After four customers found the metal parts, Hormel decided that it had a problem and reported it to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on May 24th.
Some minor oral injuries were suffered as a result of the consumption of the recalled products. Anyone worried about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS fears that a product might be contained in consumers' pantries. Consumers who have bought these products should not consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to confirm that companies are informing their customers about the recall and that steps are being taken to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. If available, the retail distribution list (s) will be posted on the FSIS website.
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