Jimmy Dean Sausage Recall Issued After Consumers Find Metal Debris in “Heat ‘n Serve” Links

Nearly 30,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean sausage has been recalled, following a number of reports that indicate pieces of metal were found in the products, posing a laceration and choking hazard for consumers. 

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the Jimmy Dean sausage recall on December 10, after at least five people complained of finding metal shards in their food. To date, no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.

According to FSIS officials, the products may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process by extraneous material; specifically shards of metal that could cause harm to consumers.

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Eating the sausages could put people at risk of choking and laceration hazards that could result in serious injury or require emergency surgery to remove swallowed foreign objects. Officials are asking individuals to stop consuming the recalled sausage products immediately to avoid injury hazards.

Approximately 2,845 packages were distributed across the nation to retailers in 21 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Retailers from these states have been instructed to pull all potentially contaminated products from store shelves.

The recall involves about 29,028 pounds of Jimmy Dean frozen, ready to eat HEAT ‘n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS made with pork and turkey. The products were packaged in 23.4 ounce pouches.

The products were manufactured by CTI Foods LLC, of Owingsville, Kentucky. They are marked with establishment number “EST. 198085” and were stamped with case code A6382168. A “Use By Date” of January 31, 2019 is printed on the packaging.

The recall was issued as a Class I recall, indicating it is the most serious and presents a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Customers should check their freezers for recalled Jimmy Dean sausage products and either throw them out or return them to their place on purchase, the recall notice warns. Customers with additional questions are being asked to contact Jimmy Dean customer service at 855-382-3101.


  • LukeFebruary 22, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    * I found a big piece of metal in piece of sausage 1 day ago from Jimmy deans breakfast bowls. The sausage and gravy to be specific. I want to speak with a lawyer that's pretty dangerous!

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