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USDA issues urgent meat recall, so throw it away if you have any

Grocery store shopping cart aisle with pork and meat food products on the shelves

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 also 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.

UPDATE: A yogurt recall has been issued. You can read the latest here.

What products are subject to the pork meat recall 2021?

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A person shopping in a grocery store. Image source: yooranpark/Adobe

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

Here are some images of the product packaging so you can more easily identify if this is an item that has been recalled that you should throw out.

What to do if you find them?

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Empty shelves are shown at Ralph’s grocery store in Los Angeles. Image source: GAC/MEGA

Because the initial shipment occurred more than a month ago, the Food Safety and Inspection Service 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 you to call Arturo Gutierrez, the Vice President of Research and Development at 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.

The USDA also mentions that there haven’t been any confirmed reports of consumers having “adverse reactions” because of eating them. Though, anyone concerned about a possible reaction should contact their healthcare provider.

When these kinds of routines take place, the products are typically taken out of circulation immediately. This happens because they don’t want anyone to eat them anymore. But the companies can’t always get in touch with those who have purchased them. So the FSIS alerts people with these reports.

More recalls

Yesterday, the FSIS announced a recall of a whopping 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.

If you have any of them, you need to throw them away. Also, keep an eye on the site for more recall information.

If you have any questions about this recall, you can give Andrew Kopic, President, AFFCO USA a call at 904-263-4971.

Walmart recall

Just recently, Walmart recalled not a food item but a consumer home product. Walmart issued the recall of nearly 4,000 5-ounce bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded- Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones. They were sold in around 55 stores across the country. Also, they were available for purchase between February 2021 and October 2021. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall after it was discovered that the product may contain dangerous bacteria which can be fatal. It also may have caused two separate deaths.

The products recalled are as follows:

  • 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
  • 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
  • 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
  • 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
  • 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
  • 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

Onion recalls

The popular home meal kit program HelloFresh was forced to recall products of its that included onions. There was a widespread onion recall that affected multiple suppliers. Possible salmonella contamination was the reason for the recall by the FDA. This is a list of the onions you need to throw away if you have them.

  • Green Giant red, yellow, and white onions (Potandon Produce LLC)
  • EveryPlate Onions in Meal Kits
  • HelloFresh Onions in Meal Kits
  • MVP red, yellow, and white onions (Keeler Family Farms)
  • ProSource Produce LLC whole raw red, yellow, white onions sold under the following brand names:
    • Big Bull
    • Peak Fresh Produce
    • Sierra Madre
    • Markon First Crop
    • Markon Essentials
    • Rio Blue
    • ProSource
    • Rio ValleySysco Imperial

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.