This Weeks Product Recalls


Smithfield recalls sausage product over plastic bits.

The AP (2/22) reports Smithfield Packing Co. is “recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.” The US Department of Agriculture's “Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that the Virginia company recalled certain containers of a product called 'Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll,'” which was “produced on Jan. 11 and was distributed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.” Thus far, no reports of injury related to the product have been received.

Kassel recalls pet treats over salmonella contamination.

NBC News (2/22, Aleccia) in its vitals blog reports, “A Denver pet treat maker is recalling dozens of different products – from chicken jerky and pig ears to buffalo hearts – because they might be contaminated with salmonella. It's the third recall since the fall by Kasel Associated Industries and covers all products manufactured at the Colorado facility from April 20 through Sept. 19, 2012. The firm previously declined to recall its treats, despite urging from the federal Food and Drug Administration.”

According to the Denver Post (2/22, Booth, 443K), the FDA said that thus far, it had not received any reports of illness related to the recalled products in humans, but it has received a few reports about dogs that became sick after consuming the treats.

HealthDay (2/22, Preidt) note that the FDA on Thursday announced “Boots & Barkley, Colorado Naturals and Nature's Deli are among the many pet treat brands being recalled” by Kasel because of “possible salmonella contamination.” The move came after the Colorado Department of Agriculture “tested a sample of a Kasel pet treat product from a store and found it to be positive for salmonella” after which, a “follow-up FDA inspection at the company found that all of the finished pet treat product samples and 48 out of 87 environmental samples from the manufacturing facility tested positive for salmonella.”

Giant Food pulls bird treats over salmonella recall.

The Wall Street Journal (2/21, Chaudhuri, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reported Giant Food has discontinued carrying several types of bird treats because Kaytee Products issued a recall for its products, citing possible salmonella contamination in the parsley flake ingredients of its Parakeet Honey Treat Value Pack 7 o.z. and its Parakeet Honey Stick 3.5 o.z. The Landover, Maryland-based grocery chain said that thus far, it has not received any reports of either pets or human becoming ill from the Kaytee Products.

Chrysler recalls Chrysler 200s, Dodge Avengers because of fuel-tank valve.

The Los Angeles Times (2/21, White, 692K) reports, “Chrysler announced Thursday that it is recalling some 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger cars built from Oct. 30, 2012, through Nov. 2, 2012” because “1,785 of the cars may have a broken control valve in the fuel-tank assembly.” This “could result in an engine stall and potentially a crash if a car would stall while it is being driven” and “in a fuel leak, which might lead to a fire if the leak reaches an ignition source.”