On Thursday, the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service in the United States went public with the news that a total of 38,000 pounds (17,236.5 kilograms) of sausages were to be recalled.
As they explained at that time, the main drive behind this recall was the suspicion that the sausages might contain foreign materials.
“Smithfield Packing Company, a Smithfield, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today,” reads the official website for the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Furthermore, “The following products are subject to recall: 1-lb. chubs of 'Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll' with a use-by date of Mar. 12, 2013 and cases containing chubs of 'Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll' with a case code of 78533109741.”
Information made available to the public says that these bits and pieces of plastic coming from gloves constitute a threat to public health, hence the company's need to recall the sausages.
According to the same source, these sausages were produced on January 11 and distributed all across the United States.
Thus, they were made available to customers in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
By the looks of it, said company only initiated this recall following its receiving two complaints from customers.
Despite the fact that nobody has thus far been injured as a result of ingesting such plastic fragments, the company advises that those who have eaten one or more of these sausages contact a doctor should they start feeling ill.
“Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider,” the Food Safety and Inspection Service also urges.
The label of the products targeted by this recall is made available to you in the image next to this article.