Mysterious Fragments Lead to Massive Turkey Recall

( – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a recall for nearly 140,000 pounds of turkey kielbasa products. The recall was initiated due to pieces of bone being found in some of the products. The affected turkey kielbasa comes in plastic vacuum sealed packages labelled “Turkey Polska Kielbasa.” They are made by Salm Partners LLC. These products, which are available in grocery stores all across the country, have use-by dates of either April 2024 or April 27, 2024, which are printed on the front of the packaging of the product.

This recall was trigged because customers complained to both FSIS and Salm Partners. Notably, 1 person sustained a minor injury inside of their mouth after eating the product. FSIS emphasizes that ready-to-eat foods like turkey kielbasa should be bone-free, mostly because they are already processed.

People who have purchased these potentially contaminated products are advised to either throw them away immediately or return them to the store where they were purchased. FSIS expresses particular concern that some consumers might have frozen the product for future use. It’s worth noting that products containing mechanically separated meat or poultry might occasionally contain bone particles and other pieces of cartilage, as regulated by FSIS standards, which specify size limitations for such particles.

For those seeking additional information or with food safety concerns, FSIS has a hotline at 888-674-6854 and an email address at [email protected]. People can also report issues with meat, poultry, or egg products through the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System, which is available 24/7. Salm Partners has not yet given any contact info regarding the recall.

This incident marks the second recent recall by FSIS involving potential contamination, following a December recall of over 25,000 pounds of boneless chicken bites contaminated with clear, hard plastic.

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