More Than 228,000 Pounds of SPAM Recalled—Here’s Why

Henry Jom
By Henry Jom
May 28, 2018USshare
More Than 228,000 Pounds of SPAM Recalled—Here’s Why
Cans of Spam are displayed on a shelf at Cal Mart grocery store on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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On Saturday, May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall of more than 228,000 pounds of SPAM after metal fragments were found in the famous canned meat product.

According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, “minor oral injuries” were reported by four consumers, which prompted Hormel Food Corp. to announce the recall.

The recall applies to SPAM products produced at the company’s plant in Fremont, Nebraska, and bears the name “SPAM Classic,” with a “Best By” date of February 2021. Production codes include F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888, and F020889.

The recall also applies to metal cans bearing the name Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf with a “Best By” date of February 2021. Production codes include F02098 and F02108.

An establishment number “EST. 199N” can be found on the bottom of the cans. These have been shipped throughout the United States and Guam.

The health risk is “high” and the recall is classified as Class 1. According to the USDA, a Class I recall “is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The USDA has urged consumers to not consume these products and to either throw them out or return to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Response, Hormel Foods, at (800) 523-4635.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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