Kielbasa Recalled Over Concerns About Possible Metal Fragment Contamination

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 25, 2019US News
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Kielbasa Recalled Over Concerns About Possible Metal Fragment Contamination

A nationwide recall of kielbasa was announced over potential contamination by metal fragments.

The Department of Agriculture said that the kielbasa recall affects products produced by New Hampshire-based North Country Smokehouse.

The company produced the kielbasa, which is also known as Polish sausage, on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8. All of the affected kielbasas bear the establishment number EST. 5390 within the USDA inspection mark.

The problem was found by the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service during a routine review of consumer complaint records on March 18.

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North Country Smokehouse-produced kielbasas were recalled due to possible metal contamination. (FSIS)
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North Country Smokehouse-produced kielbasas were recalled due to possible metal contamination. (FSIS)

Anyone who has the kielbasa should throw it away or return it to where they bought it.

It wasn’t clear how pieces of metal could come to be in the kielbasa products.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Daniel Sarapin, quality assurance manager, North Country Smokehouse, at (603) 543-0234 ext. 207.

The following products were affected:

—1-pound vacuum-packed packages containing “NORTH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE ORIGINAL OLD FASHIONED POLISH STYLE KIELBASA” with “USE BY 05/09/19.”

—12-ounce vacuum-packed packages containing “NORTH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE *NATURAL OLD FASHIONED POLISH STYLE KIELBASA” with “USE BY 04/23/19.”

—1-pound vacuum-packed packages containing “KILCHURN ESTATE® SMOKED KIELBASA” with “USE BY 05/09/19.”

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North Country Smokehouse-produced kielbasas were recalled due to possible metal contamination. (Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Another Recall Over Metal

It’s the second recall over possible metal contamination in the past week. Tyson recalled nearly 70,000 pounds of chicken strips because they might contain metal.

The Arkansas-based company said it was recalling 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken products.

The products “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically, pieces of metal,” the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018. The problem was discovered when two people who bought the strips sent complaints to the service about the metal.

The company didn’t explain how pieces of metal could end up in pieces of chicken.

All the products bear the establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the package.

The Tyson chicken strips were shipped and sold nationwide in addition to being used at institutions in Michigan and Washington state.

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Tyson’s Fully Cooked Buffalo-Style Chicken Strips were among the products that may contain pieces of metal. (FSIS)
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Tyson’s Fully Cooked Crispy Chicken Strips were among the products that may contain pieces of metal. (FSIS)
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The third chicken strip product was sent to institutions in Michigan and Washington state. (FSIS)

Anyone who has the products should throw them away or return them to where they bought them from for a refund.

People with questions can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.

The following products were part of the recall:

—25-ounce plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).

—25-ounce plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag time stamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).

—20-pound cases of frozen “SPARE TIME FULLY COOKED, BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” and case code 3348CNQ03.

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