Kenosha Beef recalls pork sausage products due to possible foreign matter contamination


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WASHINGTON – Kenosha Beef International LTD, a Kenosha, Wisconsin establishment, is recalling approximately 89,235 pounds of pork sausage patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, pork sausage patties were produced on May 13, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

* 24-oz. cartons of “Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor.”

* 13.5-lb. cases of “Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Flavor.”

containing nine, 24-oz. cartons of the product.

Retail products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 425B” and a “BEST FLAVOR BY” date of “12/29/15” on the end flap of the package. Cases of the recalled product bear the establishment number “EST. 425B” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the generic label. These items were shipped to retail locations in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered after the firm began receiving consumer complaints that small pieces of metal were being found in the products. The source of the extraneous material is unknown at this time.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of oral injury, adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call a toll-free Consumer Relations line at 1-888-556-2728. Media with questions about the recall can contact Dennis Vignieri, company chief executive officer and president, at 262-859-2272 or Kelly Nichols, company communications and public relations manager, at 920-453-7422.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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