More than 11,000 pounds of Zeigler sausage products may be contaminated with metal debris, posing a choking and laceration hazard to consumers.
A Zeigler sausage recall was announced by the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on December 30, after at least two consumers reported finding shards of metal in their sausage. To date, no injuries or hospitalizations have been reported in relation to the recall.
The recalled products include approximately 11,664 pounds of Zeigler A Tradition of Great Taste Red Hots and Extra Hot Zeigler A Tradition of Great Taste Red Hots sausage products. The sausages were sold in 24-ounce packages containing approximately 9 links and are marked with a “Use By” date of January 24, 2019.
According to the manufacturer, the recalled sausages were produced on November 29, at the Alabama-based manufacturing plant and have the establishment number EST.P-9156S on the USDA mark of inspection. These packages were shipped to certain Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Rameys’ Vowell’s, Walmart and Winn Dixie grocery stores in Alabama and Mississippi and Florida.
Although no adverse reactions have been reported, FSIS officials have categorized the recall as a Class I recall, indicating there is a reasonable probability the use of the product could cause serious health consequences and even death.
To date, manufacturing company R.L Zeigler Inc., of Selma, Alabama has not released the details of how the metal pieces entered the sausage products, or the potential size of the extraneous material that could have entered the sausage.
Customers are being asked to stop consuming the recalled sausage products immediately to avoid a potential choking or laceration hazard. Often times, if the metal shards are small enough to be swallowed, it could cause bowel perforation or internal lacerations requiring emergency medical intervention.
Consumers should check their freezers for any remaining products and discard them or return them to their store of purchase. Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall are encouraged to contact R.L. Zeigler Co. Inc. at 334-410-9845