The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces the recall of approximately 228,614 pounds of Spam Classic, Black-Label Luncheon Loaf, and other pork and chicken products in the can.
The Hormel products in question may possibly contain fragments of metals inside their cans. The splinters of metals are linked to complaints made about minor oral injuries acquired when eating the canned foods.
At least four complaints lodged in connection with the matter, according to the USDA. The Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified regarding the complaints on May 25.
Hormel Food Corporation, based in Minnesota, is selling its products in more than 70 countries.
Hormel's Spam Recalled
The FSIS is encouraging the public to check whether they still have the said products in their kitchens. Those who purchased the canned goods are encouraged not to eat the food. Consumers could either throw them away or return the merchandise to the place of purchase.
The products being recalled carry the establishment number "EST.199N." This marking is found on the bottom of the cans. The FSIS noted that these canned goods are being distributed across the country and in Guam.
Hormel's Spam Classic
The USDA is recalling Hormel's Spam Classic indicated with a February 2021 "Best Buy" marking. The production codes are F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These canned products were delivered across the United States.
Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf
Meanwhile, the Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf being recalled also bear the "Best Buy" February 2021 date. The production codes are F02098 and F02108. These cans were shipped to Guam exclusively.
Other canned pork and chicken products that may contain metal pieces were produced on February 8 to 10.
"There have been reports of minor oral injuries associated with consumption of the products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products," the USDA said in a statement.
Lastly, the USDA encouraged consumers who were injured or who felt sick after consuming the food to consult with their healthcare provider.
Hormel Food Corp Previous Recall
FSIS is conducting routine checks to assure that companies inform their consumers about recall cases and the steps being taken to remove the products from the market.
In 2016, Hormel Food voluntarily recalled 450 pounds of a single code date of 15 ounces of Dinty Moore Beef Stew. This recall was also due to possible "extraneous materials," which were discovered in the food during routine inspection activities.