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USDA recalls 228,000 pounds of Spam after customers find metal in food

Nearly a quarter-million pounds of Spam and another lunch loaf product made by Minnesota-based Hormel are being recalled after several people were injured from metal objects in the food, federal officials said.

The 228,614 pounds of the canned chicken and pork products were made from Feb. 8-10 at the Austin company’s plant in Fremont, Neb., according to the recall announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Consumers filed four complaints about metal in their canned meats, which brought the problem to Hormel’s attention. The FSIS was notified Friday.

“There have been reports of minor oral injuries associated with consumption of the products,” the agency’s announcement read.

“FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.”

The FSIS warned that some of the products could still be in consumers’ homes and urged them to either throw away or return the items to the store for a refund.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact Hormel at 1-800-523-4635.

The recall came two days after the company reported record sales and record profit for the quarter to $237.4 million, or 44 cents a share. Wall Street consensus predicted about a penny more.

 

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