42,000 Pounds Of Johnsonville Smoked Sausage Is Being Recalled

With barbecue season in full swing, if you were planning to toss a few sausage links on the grill, you'd better take a look at the label first. Just yesterday, Johnsonville LLC issued a voluntary recall of over 42,000 pounds of pork sausages, reports the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

This recall affects the 14-ounce variety of the "Beddar with Cheddar" smoked sausage links and was issued after one of them was found to be contaminated with thin black plastic fibers. Although no adverse reactions to eating these sausages have been confirmed as of the time of publishing, customers who are currently storing them are urged to either throw them away, return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, or contact Johnsonville in exchange for coupons or a full refund, no receipt necessary.

The potentially contaminated sausages were churned out on January 26, 2023, and have a printed "Best By" date of July 11, 2023, followed by the code "#C35." They were sold in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additionally, if your pack of sausages is a part of the recall, you'll also notice the code "EST. 34224" printed on the front of the package in the lower right-hand corner.

It's not the first time

Johnsonville is, unfortunately, no stranger to these sorts of recalls. According to the FSIS, the meat giant called back about 48,000 pounds of its turkey sausage links in 2012 due to the potential of pieces of gloves trapped inside the food. Additionally, in 2019, notes the FSIS, over 95,000 pounds of jalapeƱo cheddar sausages were recalled because they were found to possibly be contaminated with a hard green plastic material.

Of course, in these situations, it's best for both the company and the consumer to play it safe. Although the present recall is categorized as a Class II voluntary recall and therefore does not pose significant health risks, if you have a pack of these sausage links in your fridge or freezer, it's still best not to eat them.

Folks with questions about the Johnsonville sausage links recall can contact Johnsonville Consumer Relations at 888-556-2728 or anachtweyfritsch@johnsonville.com.