Over 4,000 Pounds of Pork Sausage Recalled Due to Possible Contamination

Around 4,200 pounds of a pork sausage product from Bob Evans Farms have been recalled following concerns it may contain "extraneous materials, specifically thin blue rubber," the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warned Thursday.

The FSIS was notified of the issue by Bob Evans Farms after the company received complaints from customers. In a statement Thursday, the FSIS announced the Ohio establishment is "recalling approximately 4,200 pounds of pork sausage product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically thin blue rubber."

The 1-lb. Bob Evans Italian sausage items, produced on December 17, 2020 with lot code 0352, each have a "USE/FRZ BY" date of "JAN 31 21" printed on the product label, which can be viewed at the FSIS website.

The products, which were shipped to retail locations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, each bear the establishment number "EST. 6785" printed above the "USE/FRZ BY" date.

The FSIS advised it is "concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers or both. 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. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."

Other recent food recalls

Last November, around 1,818 pounds of "Mac & Cheese Bites" from Stuffed Foods were recalled after a customer complained the box actually contained Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers. The item was also reported to contain an undeclared allergen, the FSIS noted at the time.

Over 6,800 pounds of the "Classic Chicken Salad" from Willow Tree Poultry Farm were recalled last September after a customer complained it contained walnuts, a known allergen, which were not indicated on the product label.

Back in August last year, over 15,000 pounds of a chicken noodle soup product from Progresso were recalled after customers complained it contained beef and pork, instead of chicken noodle soup. The item also contained two known allergens—milk and soy—which were not declared on the label.

Food allergies are reported to affect 32 million people in the U.S., according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Every year around 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food.

In the U.S., more than 170 foods have been reported to cause reactions. Milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish are among the major food allergens.

"Food-induced anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is sudden in onset and may cause death," FARE warns.

Rome Italian supermarket sausages 2017
Sausages displayed at an Italian supermarket on April 5, 2017 in Rome, Italy. Over 4,000 pounds of an Italian sausage product