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Sausage Recall 2019: 95,000 Pounds Johnsonville Sausages Recalled Over Possible Plastic Contamination

More than 95,000 pounds of Johnsonville ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausages are being recalled for potential contamination. The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the decision after receiving complaint about plastic found in the products.

FSIS added the Johnsonville sausages to its Class I Recall list, which includes products that may potentially “cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The sausages were marked with a high health risk. 

The decision comes after FSIS received a report from a consumer, saying one of the sausages had green-colored plastic. Johnsonville ships the sausages currently being recalled in the U.S. and overseas.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” the agency said in its recall notice. “These products should be thrown away or returned to place of purchase.”

So far FSIS did not get reports of health problems associated with eating the recalled products. Officials recommended seeking immediate medical attention if anyone consumed the sausages and fear of having a possible injury or illness.

What to Do With the Recalled Products

The recall covers Johnsonville Jalapeño Cheddar smoked sausages produced and packed on March 12 and 13, 2019. The packaging indicates “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection and with a “Best By 06/09/2019” date on the back.

The people who purchased the Johnsonville sausages can return the products to the store where they bought them. If not, health officials suggest properly disposing the products. 

FSIS encourages customers to immediately remove the recalled sausages from their refrigerators or freezers to avoid consumption. 

Plastic has been a useful material across the world for electronics, cosmetics and food packaging. However, it has also been linked to a number of negative health effects. 

It contains various chemical additives that could damage both the environment and the human body. Ingestion of plastic could expose people to toxicity of lead and mercury as well as cancer-causing chemicals like diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), according to Ecology Center

Plastic may also cause endocrine disruption, which contributes to the development of cancers, development of immune system problems and birth defects. 

Sausages The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled over 95,000 pounds of Johnsonville jalapeño cheddar smoked sausages for plastic contamination. Pixabay