More than 4,000 Pounds of Sausage Have Been Recalled Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

published Sep 8, 2022
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sausage (brats) in an air fryer
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

After a summer full of BBQ’s, family dinners, and overall good times, the last thing anyone wants to hear is that they may have eaten contaminated food. These days, it seems even more necessary to take precautions with our food and ensure that what we are putting in our bodies is not only delicious, but also safe.  

To ensure the safety of its consumers, Sunset Farm Foods Inc. is taking action by recalling about 4,480 pounds of chicken and pork smoked sausages due to being contaminated with thin blue pieces of plastic. Consumers who discovered plastic in their sausages did the right thing by complaining, which then prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to issue the recall on September 7.  

The meat was shipped to stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, and can be found in 28-ounce packages of Georgia Special Chicken and Pork Smoked Sausage. The sell-by date of 10-28-22 can be found on the packaging and — included on the label, inside the USDA mark of inspection — the establishment number “P 9185.”

Thankfully, at the time of the recall, no consumers have been injured or become ill from the plastic contamination. You can find more information about the recall on FSIS’s site (including images), but if you have any questions or concerns about the products, you can contact the brand’s owner/president, Tom Carroll, at 229-242-2952 or by email at T.Carroll@sunsetfarmfoods.com. The company strongly recommends, however, that anyone with the sausages refrains from eating them, and instead, suggests that you throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  

If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that you can never be too careful in these situations. With food recalls happening left and right (i.e. Target recalling animal cookies due to possible metal fragments and Purdue chicken getting tagged with a health alert), we can all be thankful we live in an age of instant communication. Having answers to our questions at our fingertips helps us get ahead of the curve and avoid health issues to the best of our abilities, and I think that is just great.