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.
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?
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 hasn’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.
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.
A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.