At the grocery store, some of the biggest brands in bacon include Hormel, Hatfield, Oscar Meyer, Smithfield, and others. They’re partly to blame for significant fluctuations in supply and price over the last several years, and one firm is experiencing another set-back. Over 185,000 LBS of the pre-cooked bacon topping pieces are being recalled because they might cause illness.
On May 20, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspections Service (FSIS) published a recall notice for Smithfield Golden Crips, and Member’s Mark precooked bacon topping products manufactured prior to March 1. “It’s possible that the goods are contaminated with foreign materials such as metal,” it reads.
While the products were sent to merchants to be sold—including Sam’s Club—across the nation, they have been pulled from shelves and are no longer for sale. FSIS expects that there will be additional bacon-containing goods available and urges customers to check often for new information.
The 5LB boxes were produced from February 21 to March 3, with an Est. number of EST. 27384.
According to FSIS, the problem was discovered after a customer reported finding metal in one of the bacon items, but there have been no injuries or illnesses reported yet as a result of this contamination.
FSIS, in addition to anticipating that additional items will be recalled, is worried that some of the products might be found in kitchens. “Consumers who have bought these goods are advised not to eat them,” the warning notes. “These goods should be disposed or returned to the shop where they were purchased.”
Smithfield made the news earlier in the month after an investigation discovered that it, as well as Cargill, Tyson, and other meat producers, lied about future shortages in order to keep production plants running during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings say that the hazardous situations have resulted in over 250 employee fatalities and major company profits being made during this time.
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