• The products were shipped to stores in certain states
  • Customers are advised not to consume them
  • People should dispose of the products or return them to the store

A company is recalling certain sausage products because they may be contaminated with pieces of plastic. More than 4,400 pounds of product are affected.

The problem with Sunset Farm Foods' pork and chicken sausages was discovered through customer complaints about the products being embedded with "thin blue plastic," according to the recall announcement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.

The recall affects the company's fully cooked "Georgia Special Chicken and Pork Smoked Sausage" products that were produced on June 30. They came in 28-ounce vacuum sealed packs and had a sell-by date of Oct. 28, 2022, as well as the establishment number "P 9185" inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the announcement.

In total, some 4,480 pounds of the sausages are affected by the recall. These were shipped to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. Customers may find a photo of the products' packaging here.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers," the agency noted.

Those who are still in possession of the recalled sausages are advised to not eat them. Instead, they should dispose of the products or take them back to where they were purchased.

According to the FSIS, such meat and poultry products are already considered to be adulterated under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) if they are "contaminated with foreign materials." That's "regardless of the physical characteristics" of the contaminant.

"A meat or poultry product is adulterated, among other circumstances, if it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance that may render it injurious to health," the FSIS noted.

In the case of the current recall, there have been "no confirmed reports" of customers having adverse reactions from consuming the product. The USDA also classified it as a Class II recall, which pertains to a "low risk" situation wherein the probability of adverse consequences is considered "remote."

Customers who have health concerns are urged to contact their health care provider.

Those with inquiries about the recall may contact the company at 229-242-2952, while those with questions about food safety may contact the USDA at 888-674-6854.

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