Officials in the United States have ordered the recall of more than 2.5 million pounds of canned meat and poultry due to a packaging flaw that could allow the contents to get infected without causing any obvious damage to the product.
It was announced in a press release by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture that a number of canned beef products manufactured by Conagra Brands Inc. were being recalled.
Vienna sausage and chicken wieners sold under the Armour brand are among the canned goods affected by the recall. Kroger, GOYA, and Walmart’s Great Value all sell Vienna Sausages, and they were all affected.
The defective products were manufactured between December 12, 2022, and January 12, 2023. All of the cans distributed to retail locations around the country bear the establishment number “P4247” on the labels.
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Workers at Conagra detected spoiled or leaking cans from multiple production dates at the company’s warehouse, and USDA was called as a result.
The notice noted that authorities had discovered the recalled cans may have been broken in a way that isn’t immediately obvious to customers, allowing foodborne germs to enter the cans.
The government claims it has not received any verified cases of illness that could be linked to the suspect cans. The USDA is concerned that the canned meats may become tainted while they are on store shelves or in people’s pantries due to their long shelf life (some have best-by dates as far out as December 2022).
If you have any of the recalled products, please dispose of them properly or return them to the retailer where you bought them for a full refund.
FSIS has declared it a Class I “high or medium risk” recall, which means it’s “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”