The Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently issued a pork recall for more than 10,000 pounds of pork pellet products from Evans Food Group. The products in question were brought into the US in mid-September. Much of the pork was processed into snacks like pork rind and chicharrones.
As for the reason behind the recall, well, that’s where things get interesting. While most meat-based recalls involve a contamination issue, this one is a bit different. The recall, in this case, stems from the fact that the 10,000 pounds of pork pellets were mistakenly not subject to a thorough inspection upon arriving in the US. So far, no adverse reactions have been reported. But the recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution.
What products are subject to the pork recall
Again, the pork at issue has since been processed into various snacks. A full list of these products can be viewed here. The list includes products from Mac’s brand, Turkey Creek Snacks, Cazo de Oro, Pamana, and also pork rind products with 7-11 branding.
The items include:
- Mac’s 3-oz. Original Porkskin, 12 count
- Mac’s 5-oz. Original Porkskin, 8 count
- Mac’s 5-oz. Jalapeño Porkskin, 8 count
- Mac’s 1.5-oz BBQ Skin Caddy, 2-7 count
- Cazo de Oro 8-oz. Hot Porkskin, 15 count
- Cazo de Oro 3.5-oz. Hot Porkskin, 24 count
- Cazo de Oro 5-lb. Sancocho, 1 count
- 7-Select 2.1-oz. Chili Lime Porkskin, 6 count
- 7-Select 2.1-oz. Original Porkskin, 6 count
- 7-Select 2.1-oz. BBQ Porkskin, 6 count
- 7-Select 2.1-oz. Hot Porkskin, 6 count
- Pamana 2.25-oz. Salt & Vinegar Porkskin, 12 count
- Turkey Creek 2-oz. Chili Lime Hole Punch Porkskin
- Turkey Creek 2-oz. Original Hole Punch Porkskin, 12 count
- Turkey Creek 4-oz. BBQ Porkskin, 12 count
- Turkey Creek 4-oz. Dill Pickle Porkskin, 12 count
- Turkey Creek 4-oz. Hot Porkskin, 12 count
- Turkey Creek 4-oz. Original Porkskin, 12 count
What to do if you find them?
Because the initial shipment occurred more than a month ago, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is worried that many of the recalled products are already in consumer pantries. Consumers who have these products should not eat them and throw the packages away immediately. The FSIS adds that consumers can also bring these products back to the place of purchase. No information about a potential refund, however, has been provided.
If you have questions about the pork recall, the FSIS advises consumers to call Arturo Gutierrez, Vice President of Research and Development, Evans Food Group Ltd. at 1-800-543-7113. Also, if you have specific questions about food safety, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.
Where the pork recall products went
The products subject to the recall have the establishment number of “EST. 6030” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items shipped to locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and also Washington. This problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities. They take place for imported products.
When these kinds of routines take place, the products are typically taken out of circulation immediately. The steps are also taken to make certain they aren’t sold any longer. But the companies can’t always get in touch with those who have purchased them. So the FSIS alerts people with these reports.
Yesterday, the FSIS announced a recall of approximately 24,461 pounds of frozen raw lamb shoulder. The frozen raw lamb shoulder items shipped on July 12, 2021. AFFCO USA, issued the recall because FSIS did not get to inspect them as they were not presented for a second inspection. Cardboard boxes weighing between 33 and 39 pounds with the shipping mark of M1353023 are a part of the recall. Each box bears the New Zealand establishment seal “SPM135.” The products ended up in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and also Pennsylvania.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Andrew Kopic, President, AFFCO USA at 904-263-4971.
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